Today, the baseball world says farewell to New York Yankees legend, Yogi Berra who passed away late Tuesday night due to natural causes at the age of 90. Coincidentally, he passed away on the same day that he made his MLB debut 69 year ago. Yogi played catcher for the Yankees for 18 seasons and he amassed a litany of accolades during his magnificent career: 3x American League MVP, 18x All-Star and a record 10 World Series championships.
Yogi’s legacy in baseball was cemented decades ago when he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame back in 1972. His number 8 jersey is retired by the Yankees, he has his own museum named, The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center and he has plaques and statues at Monument Park in Yankee Stadium to commemorate him.
Beyond the statistical numbers and achievements, Yogi will likely be remembered mostly for his radiant, upbeat personality. Yogi always seemed to have a smile on his face and there was no question that he truly cherished the game of baseball. No one will ever forget Yogi’s witty quotes which has been dubbed, “Yogiisms”.
Here are some of his notable quotes:
“Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”
“It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Tonight, the Yankees will honor Yogi by wearing the number 8 on their sleeve when they face the Toronto Blue Jays. The New York Mets, a team that Yogi managed from 1972-1975 will also honor Yogi by having a moment of silence before their game against the Atlanta Braves.
My personal favorite quote from Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over until it’s over.” May you rest in peace Yogi.