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Day Tripper - Yogi Berra Museum
Baseball season is here, and what better way to commemorate it than with a visit to the Yogi Berra Museum?
In addition to Yogi Berra’s baseball career, the museum’s displays cover the early days of baseball, the evolution of the catcher’s position (which Yogi played), the New York Yankees, and much, much more.
In 1998 the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center opened its doors to the public, paying tribute to an American legend and his lifelong commitment to the education of young people. Yogi Berra has won the affection and admiration of his peers and the public to a degree uncommon in American life. His kindness and good humor remain the stuff of legends. Yogi transformed himself into one of the greatest catchers and clutch hitters in the history of baseball and anchored the New York Yankees’ dynasty from the late 1940’s to the early 1960’s. He became a 15-time All-Star, winner of 10 world championships (the most in baseball history) and three-time Most Valuable Player along the way. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972 and is a member of Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team.
The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center offers culturally diverse, inclusive educational programming designed to stimulate students’ interest in sports and its relationship to academic endeavors. Inspired by Yogi Berra’s commitment to children, the museum leverages the role of sports through programs that foster literacy, integrity, social justice, sportsmanship and dedication in all aspects of life.
The Museum also houses a collection of memorabilia of baseball and American history. The newspaper articles and pictures of greats such as Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, and others from the forties and fifties are nostalgic and informative. Through Hall-of-Fame-type exhibits, displays and films, your knowledge of Yogi will be greatly enhanced by a trip to the campus of Montclair State. See the very mitt that Yogi used for catching during Don Larsen’s perfect 1956 World Series game, along with other artifacts (some on loan from Cooperstown). You will gain an appreciation for Yogi’s commitment to kids and learn about his days before baseball. The museum also gives you a look into the emergence of the Yankees and the building of Yankee Stadium, and displays a collection of artifacts reflecting 19th and early 20th century baseball history.
To appreciate their legacies, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center recently opened a fascinating new exhibit called "Jersey Girls: Celebrating the Finest Female Athletes in the Garden State." As young girls, they grew up in New Jersey towns and showed a rare dedication and talent for athletics. With the explosion of girls and women playing sports in the late 20th century, each of these athletes became the embodiment of little-girl dreams come true. The exhibit also includes a section devoted to Jersey-related women sports pioneers who defied the odds, to leave a lasting influence in America.
The museum’s year-round, sports-based education programs offer schools the opportunity to select from a variety of subjects. Their fiveto10-week series also provides the option to have the programs held both at the Museum and at school.
2005 saw one of the nation’s most popular charity golf outings: the 16th Annual Yogi Berra Museum Celebrity Golf Classic. The event is held at the 36-hole Montclair Golf Club in West Orange. Among those who played in last year’s event were Yankee notables Joe Torre and Whitey Ford. Also participating were New York Jets star Bruce Harper and hockey stars John MacLean and Ken Daneyko. The funds raised from the classic are designated for the Museum’s educational programs, summer camps, after-school clinics, and community outreach programs throughout the region.
The museum, adjacent to the Yogi Berra Stadium where the NJ Jackals play, would interest any fan of our national pastime. And it can all be enjoyed in a little more than an hour.
Many companies encourage their employees to support qualified nonprofit organizations by offering matching fund programs. Please ask your employer or share the information with them. The museum will be happy to contact your employer regarding matching opportunities.
More on Yogi
Yogi Berra is quoted more than most poets; his one-of-a-kind observations ("It ain’t over ‘til it’s over" and "When you come to a fork in the road, take it.") are both witty and funny. He is renowned for his selflessness, giving generously of his time for countless youth organizations and charitable causes, including his own annual golf tournament in Montclair. A resident of Montclair, NJ, for more than 40 years, Yogi Berra remains an inspiration to several generations. In 1996 he received an honorary doctorate from Montclair State University. Two years later, the baseball stadium on campus was named after him.
The Yogi Berra Museum
8 Quarry Road
Little Falls, NJ 07424
General Admission Adults - $6 Students - $4 Family Membership - $65 Members and children under 5 are free.
Museum memberships help support educational programs and exhibits.
The Museum is available seven days a week for school programs, group tours, corporate meetings, events and private parties. They are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center is located on the campus of Montclair State University, less than one mile south of the junction of Routes 3 & 46. When open, the Valley Road entrance to the University is the best access to the Museum.
To Valley Road from:
Route 3 West or Route 46 West
At the intersection of Route 3 and Route 46 West, take the Valley Road exit. Follow the arrows that say Montclair and U-Turn onto Valley Road. Go about 1/4 mile and turn right on Normal Avenue. Take the first right into the main entrance to MSU. Follow the blue museum signs to Yogi Berra Stadium.
Route 46 East
Take the Valley Road exit (immediately after the Six Brothers Diner and McDonald’s). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto Valley Road.
From New Jersey Turnpike
Take Exit 16W to Route 3 West. Follow directions from Route 46 West.
Garden State Parkway South
Take Exit 154 to Route 46 West. Follow directions from Route 3 West.
Garden State Parkway North
Take Exit 153B (left lane) to Route 3 West. Follow directions from Route 3 West.
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