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MLB, Yanks, Mets to donate replicas

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that Major League Baseball, the Yankees and the Mets are donating replica rings that stolen Oct. 8 from the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. No date has been given as to when the replicas will be delivered and displayed; nor have Berra’s 10 World Series rings and two MVP plaques been located by police.

In addition to Yogi Berra’s 10 World Series rings, burglars of the Hall of Fame catcher’s museum also stole the glove Berra used to catch Don Larsen’s perfect World Series game.

The reward for information leading to the arrest of perpetrators in the break-in of the Yogi Berra Museum is up to $15,000 on the strength of $10,000 given by a private donor. In addition to Berra’s 10 World Series rings, Montair State University police said two Berra MVP plaques were stolen.

The items have been characterized as “priceless,” certainly to Berra and his family. Anyone with information on the break-in is encouraged to contact the Essex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers tip line at (973) 877-TIPS or the Montclair State University police at (973) 655-5222. The museum announced that it is temporarily closed until further notice.

No Yankee won more World Series in the team’s glorious history. Trailing him with nine is Joe DiMaggio. Tied at eight are Bill Dickey, Phil Rizzuto, Frankie Crosetti and Lou Gehrig. Mantle and Ruth are among players with a mere seven rings. (Berra won three more Series rings as a coach, one with the Mets and two with the Yanks.)

Dave Kaplan, director of the Berra Museum, told The New York Post that one of Berra’s sons told him, “Yogi is pretty upset.” An exhibit of select “love letters” that Berra wrote his beloved late wife of 65 years recently went on display as tribute to Carmen, who died in March following a stroke.

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