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Baseball great Yogi Berra recovering after fall

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Baseball great Yogi Berra is recovering after a fall near his New Jersey home, the New York Yankees said on Saturday.

Berra, 85, a Hall of Fame catcher who was a Yankees star from the mid 1940s through 1963, suffered bruises in the fall and was recovering at his Montclair home, his family said in a statement released by the Yankees.

"He is extremely disappointed he is unable to participate in today's Old-Timers ceremonies and see so many of his friends" at Yankee Stadium, the statement said, referring to the baseball veterans' event to be held on Saturday at which he has been a fixture for years.

Berra, who later became a manager and coach before retiring in 1992, tossed the ceremonial first pitch in April 2009 to mark the opening of the new $1.5 billion stadium.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Vicki Allen)