A look back at the rich Yankees history, including games, championships, players, and more.
BRONX, N.Y. — On this date in New York Yankees history, Feb. 17, 1990, the team signed a youngster from Panama named Mariano Rivera.
Yankees director of Latin American Operations, Herb Raybourn, signed the 20-year-0ld amateur free agent to a contract worth $2,000.
Five years later Rivera would make his debut in the Bronx.
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After going from starter to reliever to closer, Rivera became baseball’s all-time saves leader. Mo helped the Yankees’ lockdown five World Series titles.
Rivera’s No. 42 is retired in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
In 2019 he became the first unanimous member elected and inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.