RIP Yogi Berra

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RIP Yogi Berra

Post by lanza218 » September 23rd, 2015, 8:22 am

New York Yankees icon, and Hall of Fame catcher, Yogi Berra has died at the age of 90 late Tuesday night. The Yogi Berra Museum was first to break the news, which was confirmed by MLB.


On the field, Berra was regarded as one of the greatest catchers of all time. Over his 19-year playing career, Berra hit .285/.348/.482, with 358 home runs. He made 15 straight All-Star games and won three MVP awards during his 18 seasons with the Yankees.

Berra appeared in 14 World Series as a player, winning 10 of them. Both of those figures are a major-league record. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1972. The Yankees also retired Berra's No. 8 that same year.
Following his retirement, Berra was named the Yankees manager. He initially lasted just one season with the club, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series in seven games. After he was fired, Berra joined the Mets as a coach. He actually appeared in four games in 1965 with the team before finally transitioning into a full-time coach with the team.

Berra would eventually manage four seasons with the Mets, taking them to the World Series in 1973. The team lost in seven games. With the Mets, Berra compiled a 292-296 record. The Yankees brought him back aboard in 1984, but Berra didn't last long. He was fired just 16 games into the 1985 season after the team got off to a slow start. In seven seasons as a manager, Berra compiled a 484-444 record.

All of those accomplishments, however, might be overshadowed by Berra's vivacious personality off the field. Berra is responsible for a number of famous quotes about the game, including "it ain't over till it's over." He also said "baseball is ninety percent mental, and the other half is physical," and "love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too."

Berra's confusing quotes were the focus on a couple of ad campaigns, including this 1987 commercial for Miller Lite.



Whether you root for the Yankees or not, it wasn't hard to respect Berra's play on the field, or enjoy his personality once he stepped away from the game. Major League Baseball is undoubtedly a less entertaining place without Yogi Berra.

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Re: RIP Yogi Berra

Post by Greg2600 » September 23rd, 2015, 9:00 am

Great guy, I met him a couple times ages ago, have his autograph, no photo though back then. He lived a few towns over.
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Re: RIP Yogi Berra

Post by WOODMO » September 23rd, 2015, 9:13 am

Yogi was a true gentleman. I met him a few years ago, very nice man. I remember my hands were cold, which he noticed on the handshake, and he asked me afterwards if I had a jacket and if I was alright. He lived a long life though so you can't be too sad. I feared his days were nearing an end when his wife passed away last year.

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Re: RIP Yogi Berra

Post by AJLe » September 23rd, 2015, 9:37 am

I go down to Yankee spring training every year, and up until maybe 2-3 years ago, Yogi would always show up, in uniform, every year, and just hang out. They'd parade him around in a golf cart from field to field, like he was the Pope or something, lol.

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Post by Jason1980s » September 23rd, 2015, 10:37 am

WOODMO wrote:Yogi was a true gentleman. I met him a few years ago, very nice man. I remember my hands were cold, which he noticed on the handshake, and he asked me afterwards if I had a jacket and if I was alright. He lived a long life though so you can't be too sad. I feared his days were nearing an end when his wife passed away last year.

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That's the interactions we will remember the most, where the celebrity picked up on something about us that we may not otherwise thought of.

His sons ran an autograph business for him for many years, up until the last few years when he wasn't signing anything due to poor health. When his wife passed, many were sure he would be passing soon. Sad, but hopefully the long-married couple will have happy days in some afterlife. His museum had been broken into and some memorabilia stolen, around this time last year. How horrible.

He lived a long and successful (happy) life with friends and family and shared that life with fans.

My grandfather was a big fan from Yogi's playing days, so the one year we went to the Hall of Fame, Yogi was the one player we had to get a picture with. The HOFers would do photo ops for a LOW donation price of ONE DOLLAR at their autograph signings at the local restaurant, I think TJ's. The "good old days" and it's guys like Yogi that made them good.
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