“It ain’t over till it’s over.” — Yogi Berra
The late great Number 8 will be gone three years on Sept. 22, but it really isn’t over at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University. In fact, his demise led to something more like a bright, shiny new season.
Berra’s presence remains keenly alive in the small gem of a museum that opened next to the Jackals’ stadium in 1998. The debate over whether Jackie Robinson was safe at the plate when Berra tagged him in Game 1 of the 1955 World Series rages on in this place as fervently as it did all the 60 or so years Yogi spent as a Montclair resident, arguing the case with pretty much anyone he met on the street.
There is way more than déjà vu going on at the museum these days, though. A bevy of new partnerships — with schools, veterans, the university, the Yankees, the Jackals, senior groups and more — and dynamic new exhibits, such as the PITCH machine allowing anyone to pitch to Yogi on a screen and have their arm speed measured by radar (even if seated in a wheelchair). PITCH has pumped up the excitement level bigtime.
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