Thursday, April 16, 2009

1 Yogi, 2 stadiums

Yogi Berra will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Thursday afternoon at the Yankees’ home opener in their new stadium.

At Yankee Stadium, a shot of Berra and Larsen embracing after the perfect game

At Citi Field, fans can see Yogi Berra on Jackie Robinson’s steal of home in the 1955 World Series

Yankee Stadium’s museum has a statue of Yogi Berra catching Don Larsen, right, who threw a perfect game in the 1956 Series.

He lived through the Great Depression, fought in World War II, played on 10 World Series champions, won three American League Most Valuable Player awards as a catcher, managed both the Yankees and theMets into the World Series, and has met all but one United States president since Harry S. Truman.

“Truman’s from Missouri,” said Berra, who was born in St. Louis and sometimes speaks of departed people in the present tense. The only president since 1945 that Berra has not met is Barack Obama. “Not yet,” Berra said with a smile. “He’s been traveling.”

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