Today New Jersey mourns the loss of a neighbor and friend who loved like he lived—with a great and giving heart. While much of the world rightly celebrates Yogi Berra as a giant of the sport he loved, Montclair and his millions of Garden State admirers will know him as a champion for human dignity and the right of every child to learn. Yogi Berra changed lives.

In 2008, Yogi’s induction speech as a member of the inaugural class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame was a simple reminder of his greatest single virtue—humility.

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