NY grads get baseball cards from Yankees' Joba Chamberlain

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NEW YORK (AP) - The graduating class of a suburban New York City middle school got an unexpected surprise tucked inside their diplomas - signed baseball cards from Joba Chamberlain.

The cards were a thank-you from the Yankees pitcher for the charity work the eighth-graders at Pleasantville Middle School performed all year.

The students didn't even know Chamberlain knew about their project: collecting and donating books to the Winnebago Indian reservation in Nebraska. Joba is a member of the 2,600-person tribe.

The school's principal read a letter from Chamberlain at the June 26 ceremony, but didn't reveal it was from him until the end.

Chamberlain pitched for the University of Nebraska before being drafted by the Yankees in 2006.

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