Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees all-time great catcher, died Tuesday at the age of 90. He was one of the greatest players, coaches and managers in baseball history.
From 1946 to 1985, as a player, coach and manager, Berra appeared in 21 World Series, 10 in 18 seasons with the Yankees. He still holds World Series records for games played, plate appearances, hits and doubles. A career .285 hitter, he won the American League MVP award three times. He ranks fourth all-time for home runs by a catcher with 358 and first all-time for RBIs by a catcher with 1,430. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
Known not only for his great stats, Berra was also the source of dozens of witty comments, known as Yogi-isms. One of his books was titled I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said.
Here are a few well-known Yogi-isms:
- “Baseball is 90-percent mental. The other half is physical.”
- “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
- “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
- “You can observe a lot by watching.”
- “It ain’t over till it’s over”
Yogi Berra and his happy mirror-self after he learned the result of the American League MVP ballot.
Yogi swings the bat during a game in the 1950s.
Yogi Berra making a throw against the Cleveland Indians, June 11, 1955.
Yogi poses for a spring training action portrait in St. Petersburg, Florida in the early 1950s.