Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Yogi Berra Wins Inaugural Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Over the weekend Yankees legend and fan favorite Yogi Berra won the first ever Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. The Bob Feller Award was created for Major League Baseball to pay homage to the United States military. Berra served in the military during World War II and was even on the front  on D Day in France. 

The award was named after Feller because the day after Pearl Harbor he walked away from a $100,000 contract with the Indians to join the Navy and fight for his country. Feller died three years ago and this weekend we finally saw an award in his name that honors the link between the US military and Major League Baseball. Each year the award will be given to one active Major League player, one player from the Hall of Fame, and one active duty sailor. 

The best quote from the entire weekend can be seen below. Congratulations to Yogi and this award, not that I matter, has my 100% full support. Great idea and a great award for a great man. Go Yogi!

“He didn’t like me,” Berra said. “One day I asked why. He said, ‘I don’t respect people who didn’t serve their country.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about? I was at D-Day.’ After that, we became best friends.”

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