The Bronze Bomber: Yogi Berra Getting Statue

By Hasani Gittens
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 PM EDT
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The Bronze Bomber: Yogi Berra Getting Statue

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Yogi Berra statue. Artist's rendering.

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In addition to a spot in the Hall of Fame, 10 World Series championship rings and a museum in his honor, New York Yankees great Yogi Berra is going to get something else — a statue.

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center announced it would erect a bronze statue of the beloved baseball icon in front of the museum in Little Falls, N.J.

A rendition of the statue, which will cost about $125,000, was unveiled Monday. It shows Berra on one knee in the on-deck circle, holding two bats and gazing skyward.

Museum director Dave Kaplan says the rendition came from a 1950s Sports Illustrated photo.

Kaplan told NBCNewYork that funding for the statue is coming through private donations, and the piece is expected to be installed at the end of the year.

"The statue perfectly reflects the values that have come to define Yogi Berra - optimism, determination and hard work - the same values which are taught in the Museum & Learning Center's character education programs," said Kaplan.
 

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