By Ian Begley
ESPN New York
Mark Teixeira has been on a tear of historic proportions so far this season.
Teixeira is just the fourth player in Yankee history to start the year with four homers in five games. He’s also the fourth Yankee since 1920 to drive in ten runs in the season’s first five games.
He didn’t get a chance to add to those gaudy numbers on Wednesday when the Yankees-Twins game was rained out.
But, for a group of East Harlem kids, Teixeira still hit one out of the park.
The Yankees first baseman announced on Wednesday afternoon that he’s making a $1 million donation to Harlem RBI, an East Harlem-based charity dedicated to helping the community’s underserved youth. In addition to his donation, Teixeira plans to serve as a driving force behind the construction of a new facility in the neighborhood.
“We have a chance to really make part of Harlem revitalized,” Teixeira said.
Harlem RBI is centered around baseball and softball with an academic focus of helping kids get into college. It started 20 years ago as a diamond on East 100th St., part a of Major League Baseball’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. It has grown into the largest youth-serving organization in the neighborhood, with more than 1,000 members.
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