Yogi Berra Museum: Remember This HOF Speech?

“I guess the first thing I should do is thank everybody who made this day necessary.”

Those words from baseball legend and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Yogi Berra kicked off his short-but-sweet acceptance speech at his induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which took place on Aug. 7, 1972.

Berra’s short speech befitted the quipster, a former Montclair resident who became known for infamous one-liners such as “It ain’t over ’til it’s over” and “You can observe a lot just by watching.”

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