Why Visit the Yogi Berra Museum

In the annals of baseball history there are many sites that can be considered sacred to devoted fans of America’s past time. Many of these grounds are considered hallowed because of the allegiance of a specific fan or because of a monumental event that occurred at the site. But the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center that lies on Montclair State University should be a destination that for devoted baseball fans.

Upon arriving at the museum and learning center there is an overwhelming presence of nostalgia and history. While Berra is the main focus there is also homage paid to those that came before Berra and how future generations were inspired by him. The influence of Bill Dickey on Berra’s career is easy to find upon entry into the museum. There also a connection between Berra and other monumental events such as David Cone’s perfect game on Yogi Berra day in July 1999. To fully appreciate the event there needs to be a comprehension why there was a Yogi Berra day in 1999 decades after his playing days at Yankee Stadium were over.

Berra was manager of the Yankees in the spring of 1985 but after 16 games George Steinbrenner had Berra relieved of his managerial duties which resulted in Steinbrenner being vilified by the press and Berra vowing to never enter the House that Ruth built if Steinbrenner is the owner. Berra was a man of his word and did not visit Yankee Stadium until Steinbrenner ventured to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and apologized to Berra in person for his firing.

Inspiration can also be taken from the story of Berra which is illustrated at the museum. Standing at 5-7 and weighing 180 pounds Berra did not appear to be an athlete by anyone standard and was told several times he would not be a professional ballplayer. Even though Berra had his doubters and obstacles he rose through the ranks and became a 3 time MVP, 10 time World Series champion and a hall of famer.

Being presented with all this history any fan will come away with more knowledge about the game of baseball than when he or she entered the establishment. Not only is baseball presented but also world history. There are references to Berra’s service in World War II specifically his role serving on a rocket boat during the D-Day invasion where the Allies invaded Europe to liberate the continent from the Nazi grip of tyranny. There is also a connection to more contemporary events with a singed New York Port Authority hat by Joe Torre with the Yogism ‘It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over” dated 11-4-01 less than two months after the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001.

There could be a situation where a question will arise and the staff at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center will do their best to answer the question. The staff is very knowledgeable about the career of Berra and will try to provide the answer you requested. While you have just read about the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center  hopefully it now has become a destination where you will venture to learn about Berra and baseball.

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