Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was an American baseball legend. Yogi appeared in 21 World Series and won 10 of them, more than any other person. Sadly, Yogi Berra passed away on September 22, 2015 at 90 years old.
Yogi’s Preeminent Record
- 15 All-Star Seasons
- Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972
- Named MVP 3 times
- 21 World Series Appearances (Either as a player, manager, or coach)
- Played in 14 World Series
- 10 World Series wins
- Played 17 Years for the New York Yankees
- Hit the first pinch-hit home run in a World Series Game
Yogi was considered by many to be the best catcher in the game, and was even selected for the MLB All-Century Team. He left the game with a record-breaking 8,723 put-outs.
He was a Yankee among other legends like Joe Dimaggio and Mickey Mantle, but had an athletic acumen all his own. He was a great hitter, with a knack for hitting poor pitches, hitting 358 home runs over his career.
“Yogi had the fastest bat I ever saw” -Teammate, Hector Lopez
Long-time friend, Bobby Hofman, gave him the nickname “Yogi” because he thought Berra looked like a Hindu yogi whenever he sat around with his arms and legs crossed awaiting his turn at bat.
It ain’t over til it’s over
Perhaps equally as well known as his baseball career are “Yogi-isms,” pithy and often paradoxic phrases attributed to Mr. Berra.
- “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
- “It’s like déjà vu all over again”
- “No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded”
- “90% of the game is half mental”
- “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”
- “I never said most of the things I said”
When his wife asked where they should bury him, in typical Yogi fashion, he answered:
“I don’t know. Surprise me.”