Fan Meccas: The Yogi Berra Museum

On September 22, the world lost baseball and popular culture icon Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra, the 18-time MLB All-Star whose career as a player and manager spanned five decades, included 13 World Series Championships.

Along the way, the three-time American League MVP became widely known to baseball fans and the general public for his plainspoken wit. Here's a sampling of the best Yogisms, read by ESPN's on-air talent:

But take these quotes with a grain of salt. After all, Berra famously quipped, "I never said most of the things I said."

Fans looking for a way to celebrate the Yankee great should head to Little Falls, New Jersey. Located just 15 miles outside of New York City, the small town is home to the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Centre, which is part of the Montclair State University's campus.

The museum's collections include Berra's old equipment, 10 of his World Series rings, and a gift shop featuring Berra-branded whiskey glasses, unisex Yankees bathrobes (with the great's number 8 stitched on the back), and other memorabilia.

But this mecca also offers plenty of material for sports fans in general, including a pictorial timeline charting major social and political changes that occurred alongside Berra's career. Perhaps the most important being the desegregation of baseball, which happened when fellow-legend Jackie Robinson began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers - the Yankees' nemesis.

Robinson and Berra had a particularly memorable run-in 60 years ago. During the tightly contested first game of the 1955 World Series, Robinson narrowly stole home plate. According to umpire Bill Summers, at least. Berra disagreed:



But in the spirit of letting bygones be bygones, Berra's museum displays a baseball autographed by Robinson.

If you can't make it to Little Falls, take a virtual tour of the museum courtesy of "Yankees Baseball Tonight":

Fan Meccas is a regular Civilized feature. Check out the first one: Kurt Cobain's Park Bench in Seattle.

h/t ESPN


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