Not only was Yogi Berra a Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees, he was also a lively entertainer to say the least. Berra is a rare social commentator who can size up a situation in a way that you will surely never forget. Yogi once said “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
Many of Yogi’s “observations” are now used in our everyday lives. Some of yogi’s quotes are:
- “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”
- “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
- “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”
- “How can you think and hit at the same time?”
- “I never said most of the things that I said.”
As a catcher, Berra was unequaled during his time. He could jump out of his crouch like a wildcat, turning bunts into double plays and twisting pop ups into easy outs. From 1957 to 1959 he went 148 games error free. During that time he handled a record 950 chances behind home plate without a single error.
As a hitter, Yogi Berra broke nearly every power record for American League catchers. He drove pitchers crazy with his ability to get big hits off of bad pitches out of the strike zone.
The Yankees had some tremendous teams from 1949 to 1955. It was Berra who led the Yankees in each one of those seasons. Five times he drove in over 100 runs in a season. For 10 straight years he hit 20 or more home runs. He did all of this without being a strikeout hitter. In one season (in 1950) he had 597 at bats but only struck out 12 times.
Did You Know?
- Yogi Berra was the second man in Major League Baseball history to manage his own child. In 1985, his son Dale Berra became a Yankee.
- He was greatly admired for his business sense. He invested in everything from bowling alleys to YooHoo during the 1950’s. All of his investments made him a wealthy man.
- Yogi won pennants as manager of the 1964 Yankees and the 1973 New York Mets.
Yogi Berra Timeline Biography
- Born: May 12, 1925 in St. Louis Missouri
- Age 9: Yogo sold 3 cent newspapers to help out his family.
- Age 15 Friends called him “Yogi” because he looked like a character from a movie.
- Age 17: Signed by the New York Yankees for $90 per month
- Age 21: Joins the Yankees at the end of the 1946 season
- 1952: Sets American League home run mark for a catcher
- 1955: Wins third MVP award
- 1958: Catches the entire season without an error