The impact Yogi Berra had on the sport of baseball, and specifically the New York Yankees, is well-known. The impact he had on the New Jersey Devils is not as well-known, but is just as compelling in its own way.
Lawrence Peter Berra, 90, died Tuesday night. He was the catcher and the heart and soul of the dynastic Yankees, winning 10 World Series titles during a career that put him in baseball's Hall of Fame.
He was also a major supporter of the Devils upon their arrival in New Jersey, a relationship that began through his friendship with Dr. John McMullen, the Devils' former owner, and continued for more than 30 years.
In fact, some past Devils believe Berra played no small part in helping the team become mentally strong enough to win the Stanley Cup three times from 1995 to 2003.