1925 - 2015
A little history of Yogi:
Yogi was commonly thought to be one of the greatest baseball catchers of all time and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. The New York Yankees had him for most of the 19 seasons of his career. He was one of only four players to to be named the MVP three times in his career. As either a player, coach or manager, Yogi was part of 21 World Series games, winning in 13 of those.
Lawrence Peter Berra gained his nickname "Yogi" from his fellow baseball pal Bobby Hofman when Hofman commented on his frequent pose of sitting with arms and legs crossed while waiting to bat. Hofman thought he looked like a Hindu yogi, and the name stuck.
Yogi is well known for his observations of life and baseball. You have likely heard (or used) many of these quotes during your own lifetime. Here is just a sampling of those "Yogi-isms".
- "Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets."
- "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
- "If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
- "It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much."
- "It's like déjà vu, all over again."
- "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."
- "I made a wrong mistake."
- "If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else."
- "I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four."
- "You can observe a lot by watching."
- "The future ain’t what it used to be."
- "It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility."
- "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
- "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."
- "Pair up in threes."
- "It ain't over 'til it's over."
One final note .. I can imagine that there will be hundreds and hundreds of people attending Yogi's funeral. He likely followed his own advice.
- "You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours."
Yogi Berra image courtesy public domain