Yogi falls, misses Old-Timers' Day

Updated: July 17, 2010, 8:12 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra did not attend Saturday's Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium after suffering a fall Friday evening at his home in Montclair, N.J.

While the 85-year-old former catcher and manager didn't suffer any broken bones, Berra did not feel up to coming to the ballpark for the ceremony, according to the Yankees and Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Montclair.

Berra tripped on his front steps and was brought to nearby Mountainside Hospital, according to Kaplan.

"His nose is pretty banged up," Kaplan said.

Berra was X-rayed and released.

"He's very disappointed, as you can imagine," Kaplan said. "He looks forward to this day. And he's sorry he can't be there."

As the Yankees worked on rewriting the script for the day's events, Berra's family released the following statement:

"Yogi fell down last night near our house [in Montclair], and suffered some bruises," the statement said. "He is now recovering at home. He is extremely disappointed he is unable to participate in today's Old-Timers ceremonies and see so many of his friends. He appreciates all the well-wishes and hopes to be up and about very soon."

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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