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Yogi grateful for replica donations to Yogi Berra Museum

Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra waves

Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra waves to the fans before the baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 30, 2013. Credit: AP

Organizers at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, New Jersey, still had a crime scene on their hands when word arrived that baseball had stepped up to the plate.

The Yankees, the Mets and Major League Baseball have donated replicas of items stolen from the museum during a heist Oct. 8.

"People really rallied around Yogi and he has absolutely loved it," said Mark Markowitz, chairman of the museum's board of directors.

The replicas include the Yankees' 27 World Series championship rings (Berra helped win 10 of them) and his three Most Valuable Player plaques. The museum also received a 1969 Mets World Series ring (Berra was a coach) and a 1973 National League championship ring from when Berra managed the Mets to the pennant. "He was smiling, thumbs up," Markowitz said of Berra's reaction. "It was great news. When I told him last week, he was thrilled.It's heartfelt. It's great to see people do stuff like that."

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