Celebrating With Yogi Berra, 87 Years and Going
Yogi Berra was one of the greatest baseball players of all-time. And when you consider he was on teams full of greats that is an amazing feat. Most people only remember the quotes from Berra, such as “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Yet he was so much more than the amazing bits of wisdom he’s provided us.
He started his career being passed over for his boyhood friend Joe Garagiola, who went to the Cardinals. But Yogi got the last laugh. He would go to the Yankees and history would be on Berra’s side. Yogi lead the Yankees in RBIs several times and hit over 20 home runs for 10 consecutive seasons.
His former teammate, Hector Lopez would say of Yogi Berra “Yogi had the fastest bat I ever saw. He could hit a ball late, that was already past him, and take it out of the park. The pitchers were afraid of him because he’d hit anything, so they didn’t know what to throw.
Yogi had them psyched out and he wasn’t even trying to psyche them out, According to rival manager Paul Richards.” He could hit pitches in any location which made him a feared clutch hitter”. Richards once said he was “the toughest man in the league in the last three innings.” Of course how would Berra respond to this? You guessed it, another famous quote “If I can hit it, it’s a good pitch.”
What A Career!
Berra won the MVP award 3 times and made the American League All-Stars 14 times during his playing career. But Berra is known for his World Series play and holds records for doubles (10), singles (49), hits (71), and catcher putouts (457). He played in 14 World Series and won 10 of them which is also a major league record.
Overall as a player, coach, and manager, Berra appeared in 21 World Series and was elected into the baseball hall of fame in 1972. We will always remember Yogi Berra for his play and the younger generations will always have the famous or infamous quotes to live by.
To celebrate Yogi’s life I must rattle off, just a couple more; “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”, and one of my favorites “It’s like deja-vu all over again”, and just one more “baseball is 90 percent mental the other half is physical”. Yogi Berra is truly a man ahead of his time.