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Wikipedia Summary for Yogi Berra

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was an American professional baseball catcher, who later took on the roles of manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) (1946–1963, 1965), all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was an 18-time All-Star and won 10 World Series championships as a player—more than any other player in MLB history. Berra had a career batting average of .285, while hitting 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only six players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

Berra was a native of St. Louis and signed with the Yankees in 1943 before serving in the United States Navy as a gunner's mate in the Normandy landings during World War II, where he earned a Purple Heart. He made his major-league debut at age 21 in 1946 and was a mainstay in the Yankees' lineup during the team's championship years beginning in 1949 and continuing through 1962.

Despite his short stature (he was 5 feet 7 inches [1.70 m] tall), Berra was a power hitter and strong defensive catcher. Berra played 18 seasons with the Yankees before retiring after the 1963 season. He spent the next year as their manager, then joined the New York Mets in 1965 as coach (and briefly a player again). Berra remained with the Mets for the next decade, serving the last four years as their manager.

He returned to the Yankees in 1976, coaching them for eight seasons and managing for two, before coaching the Houston Astros. He was one of seven managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. Berra appeared as a player, coach or manager in every one of the 13 World Series that New York baseball teams won from 1947 through 1981. Overall, he played or coached in 21 World Series, 13 on the winning side. Berra caught Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. He also holds the all-time record for shutouts caught, with 173.

The Yankees retired his uniform number 8 in 1972; Bill Dickey had previously worn number 8, and both catchers had that number retired by the Yankees. The club honored him with a plaque in Monument Park in 1988. Berra was named to the MLB All-Century Team in a vote by fans in 1999. For the remainder of his life, he was closely involved with the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, which he opened on the campus of Montclair State University in 1998.

Berra quit school after the eighth grade. He was known for his malapropisms as well as pithy and paradoxical statements, such as "It ain't over 'til it's over", while speaking to reporters. He once simultaneously denied and confirmed his reputation by stating, "I really didn't say everything I said."

It's fun; baseball's fun.

--Yogi Berra

I don't mean to be funny.

--Yogi Berra

When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you.

--Yogi Berra

He buys his roast beef, I buy my bottle of vodka. We get along real good.

--Yogi Berra

Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.

--Yogi Berra

Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it.

--Yogi Berra

I tell the kids, somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose. Just don't fight about it. Just try to get better.

--Yogi Berra

As a general comment on baseball: 90% of the game is half mental.

--Yogi Berra

That's too coincidental to be a coincidence.

--Yogi Berra

Texas has a lot of electrical votes. During an election campaign, after George Bush stated that Texas was important to the election.

--Yogi Berra

I'm glad I was in the Navy.

--Yogi Berra

Well, I used to look like this when I was young and now I still do.

--Yogi Berra

What difference does the uniform make? You don't hit with it.

--Yogi Berra

We were over-whelming underdogs.

--Yogi Berra

When asked what would he do if he found $1 million, Yogi responded, If the guy was poor, I'd give it back.

--Yogi Berra

I liked St. Louis, when they were in the American League, because that was going home. I had all my family and friends there.

--Yogi Berra

Forecasting is very difficult, especially when it involves the future.

--Yogi Berra

Make a game plan and stick to it. Unless it's not working.

--Yogi Berra

I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.

--Yogi Berra

Never answer an anonymous letter.

--Yogi Berra

I love baseball, I really do. I always told my Dad, I'm not gonna make it working... I like to play ball too much. Which I did. I played hard. You gotta work at this game. You really do. And its fun doing it if you do it the right way.

--Yogi Berra

You can't win all the time. There are guys out there who are better than you.

--Yogi Berra

It is a disturbing conundrum that true free will cannot exist without the possibility of suicide. Then again, it ain't over 'til it's over!

--Yogi Berra

Ok you guys, pair up in threes!

--Yogi Berra

I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.

--Yogi Berra

A lot of guys go, 'Hey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.' I tell 'em, 'I don't know any.' They want me to make one up. I don't make 'em up. I don't even know when I say it. They're the truth. And it is the truth. I don't know.

--Yogi Berra

I hate to see it go, I'll tell you that. I played here all my life. Eighteen years I played here and I'm sorry to see it go.

--Yogi Berra

What a house -- nothin' but rooms!

--Yogi Berra

You gotta call a blacksmith.

--Yogi Berra

What the hell is wrong with him now?

--Yogi Berra

How come it rains every Hall of Fame weekend? They need to move it to a different weekend.

--Yogi Berra

Listen up, because I've got nothing to say and I'm only gonna to say it once.

--Yogi Berra

I don't know (if they were men or women running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.

--Yogi Berra

If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.

--Yogi Berra

It was hard to have a conversation with anyone, there were so many people talking.

--Yogi Berra

It ain't like football. You can't make up no trick plays.

--Yogi Berra

Surprise me! Yogi's reply when he was asked by his wife, Carmen, where he would like to be buried.

--Yogi Berra

Everything should be built top-down, except the first time.

--Yogi Berra

I didn't really say everything I said.

--Yogi Berra

But Little League can be a great experience for kids, as long as they want to play -- and don't play to bring their parents glory.

--Yogi Berra

Ninety percent of this game is half mental.

--Yogi Berra

Somethings don't always work out the way you plan. The main thing is to keep trying, do better next time, and deal with disappointment if it comes.

--Yogi Berra

I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don't understand is how he lost five.

--Yogi Berra

If you're feeling good, don't worry. You'll get over it.

--Yogi Berra

Nobody can be all smiley all the time, but having a good positive attitude isn't something to shrug off.

--Yogi Berra

Mickey Mantle was a very good golfer, but we weren't allowed to play golf during the season; only at spring training.

--Yogi Berra

Glen Cove. Referring to Glenn Close on a movie review television show.

--Yogi Berra

Pitching always beats batting -- and vice-versa.

--Yogi Berra

Failure is just another opportunity to start over.

--Yogi Berra

The hardest thing is to get started, but the really hardest thing is to finish.

--Yogi Berra

Prediction is very hard, particularly when it's about the future.

--Yogi Berra

Its getting late early.

--Yogi Berra

Nothing is like it seems, but everything is exactly like it is.

--Yogi Berra

Yogi ordered a pizza. The waitress asked How many pieces do you want your pie cut? Yogi responded, Four. I don't think I could eat eight.

--Yogi Berra

Cut that pizza into six slices instead of eight, I ain't that hungry.

--Yogi Berra

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.

--Yogi Berra

Laughter is the shock absorber that eases the blows of life.

--Yogi Berra

Swing at the strikes.

--Yogi Berra

He can run anytime he wants. I'm giving him the red light.

--Yogi Berra

It's never happened in the World Series competition, and it still hasn't.

--Yogi Berra

It ain't over 'til it's over.

--Yogi Berra

I really didn't say everything I said.

--Yogi Berra

I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.

--Yogi Berra

I was in the invasion of Normandy in southern France.

--Yogi Berra

Almost every Monday I have a charity thing. I like that. I do.

--Yogi Berra

Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It's also a powerful motivator.

--Yogi Berra

You stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you.

--Yogi Berra

I never said most of the things I said.

--Yogi Berra

Yogi saw three of his players in the locker room wearing Cone Head hats. Yogi said, Those guys make a pair.

--Yogi Berra

You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours.

--Yogi Berra

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

--Yogi Berra

In baseball, you don't know nothing.

--Yogi Berra

I'm a lucky guy and I'm happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.

--Yogi Berra

I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.

--Yogi Berra

You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.

--Yogi Berra

There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tell 'em.

--Yogi Berra

Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

--Yogi Berra

Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.

--Yogi Berra

Longer Version:

Congratulations on breaking my record. I always thought the record would stand until it was broken.


I enjoy now doing what I do... playing golf, relaxing a little, enjoying life.

--Yogi Berra

I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.

--Yogi Berra

It's like deja-vu, all over again.

--Yogi Berra

If people don't want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?

--Yogi Berra

We made too many wrong mistakes.

--Yogi Berra

I'm lucky. Usually you're dead to get your own museum, but I'm still alive to see mine.

--Yogi Berra

Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.

--Yogi Berra

All pitchers are liars or crybabies.

--Yogi Berra

I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary.

--Yogi Berra

I wish I had an answer to that because I'm tired of answering that question.

--Yogi Berra

You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there.

--Yogi Berra

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

--Yogi Berra

I never figured I'd go into the Hall of Fame. A kid from the Hill.

--Yogi Berra

You don't have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it'll go.

--Yogi Berra

I don't blame the players today for the money. I blame the owners. They started it. They wanna give it to 'em? More power to 'em.

--Yogi Berra

How can you think and hit at the same time?

--Yogi Berra

Half the lies they tell about me aren't true.

--Yogi Berra

When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.

--Yogi Berra

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