VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Former Yankee Roy White spoke at the annual Legends of the Diamond Dinner at the Recovery Sports Grill across from the Turning Stone Resort. The dinner is presented every year by the Rome Lions Club and Lake Delta Kiwanis.
White, who spent all 15 of his Major League seasons with the Bronx Bombers, talked about the team now and then, as well as what it was like to break into the majors with the Yanks in 1965.
"The first time coming into the Yankee Stadium clubhouse, looking down at the far corner and there's Mickey Mantle sitting at his locker, there was Whitey Ford, there was Elston Howard, Clete Boyer, Bobby Richardson and I couldn't believe I was in that clubhouse with guys I was watching when I was in American Legion and playing Little League and here they were, they were still here and I was up there. That was a fabulous moment for me."
Although he did win two titles with the Yankees late in his career, in 1977 and 1978, White's best years came during the team's down years, before George Steinbrenner bought the pinstripers.