We learned earlier this month that thieves took MVP Awards and World Series rings from the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University in Little Falls, New Jersey. The items are priceless and will never be replaced, but MLB (and the Yankees and the Mets) are doing their part to help with the situation.
Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York writes that MLB, the Yankees, and the Mets are donating exact replicas of the stolen items. Here’s a statement from the museum:
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, we are pleased to announce that Commissioner Allan H. [Bud] Selig and Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees and the New York Mets are graciously donating exact replicas of the items recently taken from the Museum,” reads the statement. “In addition, they also are donating several new items to our existing collection, ensuring that the Museum will be an even better place for fans to visit in honor of Yogi’s legacy. 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.”
That’s a really cool gesture by all involved. Sadly, Berra had two of his three American League MVP Awards taken as well as all 10 of his World Series rings. The investigation into the robbery is ongoing and there’s a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest(s) of those responsible for the crime.