Yogi Berra, a 10-time World Series champ and arguably one of the greatest New York Yankees of all-time, has passed away at the age of 90. He retired following the 1963 World Series and went on to become manager of the crosstown New York Mets. Berra was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.
It’s impossible to talk about Yogi Berra without mentioning his place in culture. He was a quote machine, a man who put his own spin on in the English language with what is commonly known as “Yogi-isms.”
-“It ain’t over til it’s over.”
-“90 percent of the game is half-mental.”
-“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
-“We made too many wrong mistakes.”
-“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
-“I never said most of the things I said.”
-“Never answer an anonymous letter.”
And perhaps the line he’s most known for: “It’s deja vu all over again.”
Berra hit .285 with 358 home runs and 1,430 RBI. He was the AL MVP three times (1951, 1954, 1955) and went to the All-Star game 15 times as a player. His number ‘8’ is retired by the New York Yankees. He is widely considered the greatest catcher to ever play the game. But, as noted before, his impact on culture may outweigh his legendary MLB career.
Either way, the sports world lost a great one Tuesday night.