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New York Yankees Honor Yogi Berra and His Museum on Saturday at Yankee Stadium

May 9th, 2012 at 4:17 PM
By Karen Vankat

This Saturday May 12th the New York Yankees will have "Yogi Berra Museum Day" to honor the greatest living Yankee Yogi Berra on his 87th birthday.

 

New York will be paying tribute to the man and museum before Saturday’s 4:05 p.m. ET start of the Yankees and Seattle Mariners game.

Yogi is one of the most beloved and iconic Yankees in history. Berra was part of the Yankees’ dynasty days back in the 40’s thru early 60’s. Yogi’s career was highlighted by his 15 All-Star appearances, three Most Valuable Player awards and has the distinction of being the only player in baseball history to have 10 World Championships. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 and is a member of Major League Baseball’s All-Century team.

Berra led his team in RBIs from 1949-55 which was quite a statement considering he played with the likes of Joe Dimaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Yogi was part of the Yankee family after his playing days as coach and manager. The relationship was almost irreparably damaged when George Steinbrenner fired Yogi just 16 games into the 1985 season. For 14 long years Yogi never set foot in Yankee Stadium. Finally in 1999 George and Yogi had a private meeting at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center where Steinbrenner apologized. Yogi forgave George and the rest is history.

The museum opened in 1998 on the campus of Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. The museum and learning center pays tribute to Berra, baseball and the education of young people. Located within the museum is an impressive collection of baseball memorabilia from Yogi’s career which include many photos and artifacts.

Respect, responsibility and integrity are the backbone of education and the mission statement of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. The understanding and the importance of commitment to the young leaders of tomorrow is what it is all about.

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center will be hosting a trip to the event with round trip transportation from the museum to Yankee Stadium. Cost of the ticket and transportation is $125, with all guests receiving a commemorative Yogi Berra baseball card from Yankee-Steiner Sports and a gift from the Museum. Only a limited number of seats are still available, call (973) 655-2378 for information.

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Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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