Berra misses Old-Timers' Day after fall

Berra misses Old-Timers' Day after fall

NEW YORK -- Yogi Berra missed Saturday's 64th Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium after taking a fall at his home on Friday night.

Berra was bruised, but resting comfortably the Yankees said through a statement from the Berra family.

The absence of the Hall of Fame catcher placed a further pall over the festivities, which are taking place after the deaths earlier this week of owner George Steinbrenner and long-time public address announcer Bob Sheppard.

"Obviously there are two great Yankees who are missing," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And not seeing Yogi here today is a little bit different. We see Yogi on a regular basis, but it's always great to see him at an Old-Timers Day."

Berra, 85, was supposed to be among the 1950s World Series-winning Yankees, who were honored on Saturday. That team swept the Phillies "Whiz Kids" on its way to winning five World Series titles in a row, still a record.

"Yogi fell down last night near our house (in Montclair), and suffered some bruises," Berra's family said in the statement. "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."

Berra played for the Yankees from 1946-63 and was a member of a record 10 World Series winners and 14 American League champions. He also managed the Yankees into the 1964 World Series where they lost to the Cardinals in seven games.

Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.