Sports

Yogi Berra Posthumously Honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

4c3d570a02b2105457bc_yogi.berra.jpg
Credits: Wikipedia
7f788b2706dcd981e283_IMG_2426.JPG
Credits: Natalie Heard Hackett
4c3d570a02b2105457bc_yogi.berra.jpg

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The legacy of Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was given the honor he much deserved as he was posthumously bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday. 

Berra family members gathered with President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House to receive the award on their father's behalf. Larry Berra, received the award on behalf of his father Lawrence Peter Berra.  

Obama told the crowd, "Today, we celebrate some extraordinary people -- innovators, artists, and leaders -- who contribute to America’s strength as a nation.  And we offer them our highest civilian honor -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom."

Sign Up for E-News

Near the time of his 90th birthday in May, Berra fans began to gain momentum in circulating an online petition recommending Berra for this honor, earning over 111,000 signatures.

Athlete Ally, a longtime supporter of Berra, also sent a letter to President Obama recommending Berra for the honor. Berra joined Athlete Ally, which works to eliminate homophobia and transphobia in sports, in 2013 as a Pro Ambassador. 

Berra, a longtime Montclair resident, was described during the ceremony as one of our nation’s most beloved and quotable sports heroes, a world-class baseball player and a great spirit. 

He left home to join the Navy, fought on D-Day, and came home with a Purple Heart.  As a three-time MVP Major League catcher, he won 10 World Series Championships.  As the manager of the New York Yankees, he guided his team and the sport he loved with a wisdom that lives in our national consciousness, and taught us all that we can observe a lot just by watching.    

Berra passed away on September 22 at the age of 90.

As he honored Berra, Obama said, "So we celebrate artists, public servants -- and two legends from America’s pastime.  What can be said about Lawrence “Yogi” Berra that he couldn’t say better himself?" This resulted in chuckles from the crowd because Berra was also known for his words of wisdom called 'Yogisms'.

Obama continued narrating Berra's life, "The son of an Italian bricklayer, they called him “Yogi” because he sat like one while waiting to bat. And he was born to play baseball.  But he loved his country, and at 18, he left St. Louis for the Navy, and ultimately found himself on Omaha Beach.  After he returned, Yogi embarked on a career that would make him one of the greatest catchers of all time.  With the Yankees, he played in 14 World Series in 18 years, won 10 World Series rings, and three MVP awards.  He had, as one biographer put it, 'the winningest career in the history of American sports.'  Nobody has won more than this guy.  And he coached the game with as much heart as he played it.  He lived his life with pride and humility, and an original, open mind."

Other honorees include Katherine Johnson, who worked for NASA; Bill Ruckelshaus, who helped protect the environment; Barbara Mikulski who fought for working families, high-tech, high-paying jobs, and for the prospects of America’s women and girls; Shirley Chisholm, female who ran for President and pioneer in helping to create the supplemental nutrition program that feeds poor mothers and their children; Lee Hamilton, head of the House Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees who helped guide us through the Cold War and into a new era of American leadership; Barbra Streisand, singer/actress who has sold more albums in America than any woman in history; Itzhak Perlman, musician and one of the most beloved violinists of our time; James Taylor, singer; Emilio and Gloria Estefan, singers; Stephen Sondheim, a composer and a lyricist; Steven Spielberg, filmmaker and creator of the Shoah Foundation; and Willie Mays, baseball player; Billy Frank Jr., fought to protect tribal fishing rights and save the salmon that had fed his family for generations and become a national voice for Native Americans; Bonnie Carroll, who founded the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, creating a national community to support the families of our fallen service members; Minoru Yasui, who fought for the rights of Japanese Americans during World War II. 

Obama continued with praise for the honorees, "We are just reminded when we see these individuals here on the stage what an incredible tapestry this country is.  And what a great blessing to be in a nation where individuals as diverse, from as wildly different backgrounds, can help to shape our dreams, how we live together, help define justice and freedom and love.  They represent what’s best in us, and we are very, very proud to be able to celebrate them here today."

 

 

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

Roselle/Roselle Park

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory Through 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17

July 16, 2018

NEW YORK, NY, - The National Weather Service issued a 'Heat Advisory' this morning for Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Hudson Counties in New Jersey. The heat advisory will remain in effect from noon Monday July 16 until 6 p.m. Tuesday July 17.

Extreme heat can cause illness and death among at- risk population who cannot stay cool. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during ...

Exchange Place and WTC PATH Stations to Close For Weekend Track Maintenance

JERSEY CITY, NJ - At least they waited until after the Fourth of July fireworks were over before starting. Important information for rail commuters.

PATH stations at Exchange Place and the World Trade Center (WTC) will close at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, July 6, and remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday, July 9, to allow crews to transition to a new signal ...

Elizabeth Man Charged with the Killing of One Woman and Attempted Killing of Another Woman

July 17, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - Arlie Rodriguez, 46, of Elizabeth, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder of two Elizabeth women in 2013, says acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

 At approximately 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2013, Elizabeth Police responded to the 100 block of Madison Avenue in Elizabeth on a report of an assault, said Union County ...

Mother and Son Graduate from Union County College Together

July 4, 2018

CRANFORD - For Ana Amaya and her son, Roberto, May 23, 2018 marked the completion of a dream when they both crossed the stage at Union County College’s Commencement, and receive their Associate Degree. They both describe their time at UCC as “a great experience” and are particularly thankful to have served as academic tutors in the College’s Academic ...

Earn The Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence (PACE) at Union County College in Five Weeks

July 17, 2018

CRANFORD – Union County College (UCC) will be offering the American Society of Administrative Professionals PACE Certification (Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence) from Monday, July 23 through August 22.

If you are an executive assistant, office manager, paralegal, program analyst, benefits administrator, supervisor or meetings and events planner, this program is for ...

Dog Found in East 5th Ave. Section of Roselle

July 12, 2018

ROSELLE, NJ - A dog has been found in the area of the 400 block of East 5th Ave. in Roselle. The dog looks to possibly be a Chinese Crested is also called a Powder Puff. It also has an Elizabethan Collar on it. 

The dog was picked up by police and is currently at the Roselle Police Department. 

TAPintoRoselle.net is Roselle’s official electronic news source! To get your free ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)

 

Imagine that you could just say, “Chuck it,” and walk away from the bonds that keep you tied to what Mike Blue, author of The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, defines as the restrictive Work-Consume-Die cycle. To most of us, becoming what Blue terms “a ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...