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Yogi Berra – “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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Yogi Berra, one of the heroes of my boyhood passed away yesterday.  He was an American sports legend and reportedly a decent guy.   Equally famous as the NY Yankees catcher and for his verbal malapropisms, Yogi only had an 8thgrade education, but he must have had some excellent innate intelligence because he was a success on the field as a player/manager and off the field in his family and business affairs. Here’s one last good quote from Yogi,  “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”

 

I have this baseball card in my closet that I saved from 1965.  I need to break it out and put it on display for a few days:

post #2 of 17

He was and will always be a little known legend.  He once lost a foul pop up in the sun during a night game.

 

There are many great ones but some my faves:

 

"It's too crowded, no one goes there anymore."

 

"It gets late early out there."

 

"The future ain't what it used to be."

 

"All pitchers are liars or crybabies."

post #3 of 17

As Yogi said, "I never said half the things I said". My favorite (that he apparently didn't actually say, but still...):
 

Quote:

Yogi Berra ... was introduced to a beautiful model after a baseball game. She complimented him, and his fumbling reply was unintentionally funny:

She said, “You look so nice and cool in that white uniform.”
He said, “Thanks! You don’t look so hot yourself.”

 

http://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/11/23/you-look-cool/

post #4 of 17
Yogi is one of my favorites for sure. If there's one shame regarding Yogi though, it's that he is much more well known for his great quotes than for his game. He was a great player for many years and probably the best catcher (Bench a close 2nd) of all time.
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Found the card.  It's in great shape.  I collected it from a 10 cent bubble gum pack 50 years ago.  Going to bring it in to work tomorrow with one of Ernie Banks from the same year.  Will proudly display them on my desk.

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Found the card.  It's in great shape.  I collected it from a 10 cent bubble gum pack 50 years ago.  Going to bring it in to work tomorrow with one of Ernie Banks from the same year.  Will proudly display them on my desk.


Mr. Cub! Wonderful player as well!
post #8 of 17
How many people remember that his name was Lawrence Peter Berra?

Some favorite Yogi-isms, courtesy of Wikipedia:
As a general comment on baseball: "Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical."
On why he no longer went to Rigazzi's, a St. Louis restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
"It ain't over till it's over." In July 1969, Berra's Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East. The Mets rallied to clinch the division title in their last regular-season home game and finished the season 8 games ahead of the Cubs.
When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which was accessible by two routes: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
At Yogi Berra Day at Sportsman Park in St. Louis: "Thank you for making this day necessary."
"It's déjà vu all over again". Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the Yankees' seasons in the early 1960s.
"You can observe a lot by watching."
"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours."
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Yogi Berra was not only a great sports personality, but he was also one of the finest hitters of his generation.  

 

He never struck out more than 38 times in a season and once had a year where he had 652 plate appearances with only 12 strikeouts.

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Yogi Berra was not only a great sports personality, but he was also one of the finest hitters of his generation.  

 

He never struck out more than 38 times in a season and once had a year where he had 652 plate appearances with only 12 strikeouts.


I heard that yesterday..well, something like that.  400 career strikeouts.  And he was only 5'9" or something.  What a great player.

post #11 of 17
You can't be a 3 time MVP and not be a great hitter. He was a fantastic player.
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Does anyone know what Yogi's last words were?

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I know what they should have been.

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I know what they should have been.

"It's over"!
post #15 of 17
10 World series rings. Amazing.
In the winter of 1951 after his fourth championship he and Phil Rizzuto sold suits in Newark,NJ.

Yogi was estranged from Steinbrenner and the Yankees for 14 years. He refused to go there after being fired in 1985 when George had someone else tell him. Suzyn Waldman, the longtime Yankee's radio color commentator, was influential in getting George to make up in 1999.

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/06/sports/sports-of-the-times-yogi-and-the-boss-complete-makeup-game.html
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Yogi, because of his goofiness was probably one of the most underrated players of all time. Hit stats really are amazing, some were quoted here but the list goes on and on. His baseball brilliance was touched by only a few. 

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Here are two stats that I saw. His first Yankees contract was for $90 a month. His biggest contract ever was $65,000 a year.

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