R.I.P. New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra!
Thanks for the wonderful memories as well as for being an incredible ambassador for the game of baseball.
You made us smile and laugh – even when you probably didn’t mean it.
For younger baseball fans, allow me to share my recollections about the incomparable Major League Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Yogi Berra who just passed away at 90 years-old.
He may be one of the greatest trans-generational athletes of all-time.
That’s because the single name Yogi is as much synonymous with baseball as it is with ridiculously funny sports quotes.
A childhood friend in St. Louis, MO originally gave baseball great Lawrence Peter Berra his now famous Yogi nickname. He said Berra looked like an Eastern Indian snake charmer.
Later, during his career in Major League Baseball as both player and manager, New York Yankees great Yogi Berra regularly charmed American baseball fans.
The 15-time Major League Baseball all-star’s performance on the baseball field has always marveled baseball fans. From his rookie season in 1949 until today, more than forty years after his retirement, baseball fans still love Yogi.
Inducted into Cooperstown in 1972, Berra may be the game’s greatest catcher. A member of baseball’s All-Century Team, Berra racked up career totals of 385 home runs, 1,430 runs batted in and a .285 batting average.
A three-time American League Most Valuable Player, Yogi Berra also won thirteen World Series Championships with the Yankees. Between 1947 and 1978, he won eleven as a player and two as a coach.
One of baseball’s most colorful and irritating trash talkers, Yogi was also equally famous for his funny expressions. Yogi butchered the English language by misusing similar sounding words. He also said some things that didn’t really make sense.
Berra’s expressions or Yogi-isms like, “it ain’t over ’til it’s over,” “a nickle ain’t worth a dime anymore,” “ I really didn’t say everything I said,” and “baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical,” made him one of the sport’s most endearing players.
Berra coined some of the funniest and head scratching sports quotes of all-time. So crazy were his remarks, many sports fans wondered if he ever really made the comments attributed to him.
“Pair up in threes.”
“The other team could make trouble for us if they win.”
“It’s déjà vu all over again.”
“If you come to a fork in a road, take it.”
“I usually take a two hour nap from one to four.”
“If people don’t want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”
“You can observe a lot by watching.”
“Always go to other people’s funerals or they won’t go to yours.”
One of Berra’s most memorable Yogi-isms, “the future ain’t what it used to be,” is partially correct.
When fans look back on #8’s career, Yogi’s remarkable playing past and memorably playful nature may never be duplicated by a future Major Leaguer.
R.I.P. Yogi Berra.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!