The New York Yankees, New York Mets, MLB and commissioner Bud Selig are donating exact replicas of the items recently stolen from the Yogi Berra Museum. Several of Berra's World Series rings and MVP plaques were stolen from the museum earlier this month.
The New York Yankees, New York Mets, MLB and outgoing commissioner Bud Selig are donating exact replicas of the items recently stolen from the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center to the museum, the museum's board of trustees announced Monday.
The league and teams will also donate several new items to the museum. From the museum's announcement:
Our heartfelt thanks go out to Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball, the Yankees and the Mets for their generosity, as well as to all of the fans and friends of
the Museum for their concern and support during this difficult time.
Earlier this month, robbers broke into the museum and stole several of Berra's World Series rings and two MVP plaques. Authorities are still investigating the incident, and there are currently no suspects or updates on the progress of the investigation.
The museum opened in 1998 on the campus of Montclair State University in northern New Jersey. Adjacent to the museum is a baseball stadium also named after Berra.
The building houses items of importance from Berra's storied baseball career and life, as well as other items not directly tied to Berra, including broken bats used by Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Willie Mays. Currently on display is an exhibit honoring Yankees great Lou Gehrig's famous "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech, according to the museum's website.
Berra, 89, played for the Yankees from 1946 to 1963. He won 13 World Series as a player, coach and manager, 12 with the Yankees and one with the Mets. He was named to the All-Star team in 15 consecutive seasons and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
Berra's granddaughter, Lindsay, tweeted her appreciation to the league and teams.
- Ben Estes