Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra died Tuesday at the age of 90.
At Excelsior Springs, Berra played in a handful of games and was assigned to the Yankees’ lower-level, minor-league team in Norfolk, Va.
Although his feats on the diamond were legendary, Berra was perhaps known even better for his sharp wit and famous quotations. When you combine Berra’s career a player, coach, and manager, Berra ended up in the World Series a grand total of 21 times.
“He will always be remembered for his success on the field, but I believe his finest quality was how he treated everyone with sincerity and kindness”, Jeter said of Berra.
“When he played for Newark, he came into Rochester and my father took me to Red Wings Stadium to see him play”.
“Yogi conducted his life with unwavering integrity, humility and a contagious good humour that elevated him from baseball legend to beloved national icon”, the museum said.
The Yankees won the American League pennant 14 times in those 17 years and the World Series 10 times. He won ten World Series Rings with the Yankees, the most by any player in Major League History.
Berra was predeceased by his wife Carmen and leaves to mourn his three children Dale, Tim, Larry, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, he said: “I want to thank baseball”.
Berra is also credited with the still-ubiquitous phrase, “It ain’t over til it’s over”, which he uttered in 1973 when managing the floundering New York Mets. “But it’s a day to celebrate all that Yogi Berra has meant to New York City”.
Berra holds numerous World Series records, including most games by a catcher, 75. The pitchers were afraid of him because he’d hit anything, so they didn’t know what to throw.
This one’s also Yogis, “It’s deja vu all over again!” It comes from Michael Kay, the longtime New York Yankees play-by-play man and NYC radio personality, and it’s about a few of those moments when the cameras weren’t around.