Bob Feller Act of Valor Display Comes to Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center

Little Falls, NJ – The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, located on the campus of Montclair State University, is partnering with the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation to present an exhibition designed to educate museum visitors about the service and sacrifice of 39 Hall of Famers during World War II, including Yogi Berra and Bob Feller. The exhibit, which is newly open to the public, will remain at Yogi’s Museum through June 6, 2022 – the 78th anniversary of D-Day.

Yogi after receiving the inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor Award at the Museum, 2013

The exhibit includes the stories of Berra, who served on the beaches of Normandy; Feller, who was the first professional American athlete to enlist; as well as new 2022 Hall of Fame inductees Gil Hodges and Buck O’Neil. Signed memorabilia and archival video footage bring this “Greatest Generation” roster to vivid life, reminding visitors of the players’ remarkable athleticism and ultimate sacrifice in leaving the ballpark to fight for our country.

“Yogi always said that his World War Two service was his proudest accomplishment,” says Eve Schaenen, Executive Director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. “Having this exhibit in our Museum allows us to highlight this hugely significant aspect of his life, and also tell the stories of the other extraordinary athletes who served our country during those critical years.”

Bob Feller and Yogi Berra both stepped away from the game they loved to serve their country in a time of great national need. Both served in the United States Navy and saw battle in some of the most historic moments in WWII. Berra was the Hall of Fame recipient of the inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor Award in 2013.

“The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation aims to bring national awareness to the values of respect, courage, and commitment,” says Peter Fertig, President and Founder of the Foundation. “I believe these values align perfectly with the mission of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center.”

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