Permanent Collection

Entrance to Museum Permanent Collection

The Museum is home to a permanent collection of photographs and artifacts that document the inspirational life of the winningest player in baseball history. Yogi’s legacy reaches far beyond the playing field, telling a uniquely American story about determination, patriotism, respect, strength of character and loyalty.


Lawrence Peter Berra: The Making of an American Icon

Yogi’s early years are documented in images and artifacts from his childhood growing up the son of Italian immigrants on “The Hill” in St. Louis. It was there that he learned to love baseball, playing sandlot with his brothers and neighbors. The collection includes items dating from his World War II service, love letters he wrote from the road to his wife Carmen and other family photos.

Boys playing sandlot on “The Hill” in St. Louis

1 of 3: Playing sandlot on “The Hill” in St. Louis

Yogi Berra's US Navy yearbook photo, 1944

2 of 3: US Navy yearbook photo, 1944

One of Yogi's letters to Carmen

3 of 3: Love letters to Carmen


The Hardware of Yankee Greatness 

Yogi’s status as the “winningest” player in the history of the game is reflected in the ten World Series championship rings he won with the NY Yankees, as well as his three American League MVP plaques. The collection also includes original plaques from Monument Park honoring Yogi’s teammates Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Original Monument Park plaques honoring teammates Joe DiMaggio & Mickey Mantle

1 of 3: Original Monument Park plaques honoring teammates Joe DiMaggio & Mickey Mantle

Yogi's three American League MVP plaques

2 of 3: Yogi's three American League MVP plaques

A 1953 World Series ring, marking five NY Yankee championships in a row

3 of 3: 1953 World Series ring, marking five NY Yankee championships in a row


Those Amazin’ Mets

While Yogi is best remembered for anchoring the Yankee teams of his era, he later spent ten years as a player, coach and ultimately manager of the NY Mets. Yogi’s decade at Shea earned him an additional World Series ring in 1969, on display, along with a slew of other Mets memorabilia.

Uniform worn by Yogi during the final game at Shea Stadium, September 28, 2008

1 of 3: Uniform worn by Yogi during the final game at Shea Stadium, September 28, 2008

1969 Souvenir Mets pennant

2 of 3: 1969 Souvenir Mets pennant

Yogi's 1969 New York Mets World Series championship ring

3 of 3: Yogi's 1969 New York Mets World Series championship ring

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The Museum is a fun and engaging destination for groups of all ages – students, tourists, seniors, youth sports teams, community organizations, corporate groups. Reserve group admission in advance to explore highlights of the permanent collection and rotating show with a Museum-trained docent. To schedule a tour, call 973. 655.2378 or email yogimuseum@montclair.edu.