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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 12 May 1925St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date of Death 22 September 2015Montclair, New Jersey, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameLawrence Peter Berra
Nicknames The Ape
Lawdie
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of baseball's greatest catchers of all time, Yogi Berra appeared in a record 14 World Series while calling the games for the New York Yankees. Berra proved invaluable to the Yankees as evidenced by his three Americal League Most Valuable Player awards. Berra was also one of the games best-hitting catchers, hitting 358 homers and hitting a crisp .285 in his career. Berra also proved his worth as one of the smartest men in the game, managing the Yankees and later the New York Mets. He took both teams to the World Series. Lately however, Berra is more known for his fractured witicisms "It aint over till it's over." Still, if you were to start an all-star baseball team Berra would be one of top picks for catcher.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Spouse (1)

Carmen Berra (26 January 1949 - 6 March 2014) (her death) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

His malaprops and "Yogi-isms"

Trivia (30)

As of 1997, played in more World Series game than any other player (75). Also holds records for most World Series at-bats (259), hits (71) and doubles (10). He never hit a triple in any World Series.
Born at 2:00am-CDT
Grew up with Joe Garagiola. Won three American League Most Valuable Player awards (1951, 1954 & 1955). Selected to baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Managed both New York Yankees and Mets to World Series appearances.
The cartoon character Yogi Bear is named after him.
His son Dale Berra played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros from 1977 to 1987.
His son Tim Berra played for the New York Jets.
His number 8 was retired by the Yankees in 1972.
Is of Italian descent.
Has been the spokesman for Yoo-Hoo beverages.
Made cameo appearance on General Hospital (1963) as Dr. Lawrence P. Berra.
Coached the Yankees in 1963, the Mets from 1965 to 1972, the Yankees again from 1976 to 1983, and the Astros from 1986 to 1989.
Managed the Yankees in 1964, the Mets from 1972 to 1975, and the Yankees again in 1984 and 1985
One of a handful of managers to win pennants in both American and National Leagues (1964 Yankees, 1973 Mets).
Used to have a one minute move critic show on national television.
Was upset over the way he was fired as manager of the Yankees in 1985; vowed he would have nothing to do with them as long as George M. Steinbrenner III was the owner. Has since reconciled with Steinbrenner.
Played in four games as a Met in 1965; retired after being struck out three times on fastballs by Tony Cloninger.
Participated in the Normandy invasion as a gunner's mate on D-Day.
Played for the Major League Baseball's New York Yankees from 1946 to 1963 and the New York Mets in 1965.
Named to the Major League Baseball's American League All-Star team for fifteen consecutive years (1948-1962).
Filed a $10 million suit in Manhattan State Supreme Court against TBS for use of his name in an advertisement for Sex and the City (1998). The ad, which has appeared on New York City buses and in subways, gives possible definitions of "yogasm" as: (a) a type of yo-yo trick, (b) sex with Yogi Berra and (c) what Samantha has with a guy from yoga class. Berra claims that his name and reputation has been tainted (27 January 2005).
The Yogi Berra Stadium is located in Little Falls New Jersey on the Montclair State University campus, named in his honor as a longtime resident of nearby Montclair, New Jersey.
Inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 1992.
Made major league debut on 22 September 1946.
He was inducted in the 2007 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services to sports.
His granddaughter, Lindsay Berra, is a senior writer for ESPN the Magazine.
Special Advisor to the New York Yankees
In reporting Berra's death, the Associated Press newswire initially sent out a story whose first lines read, "New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Bear has died. He was 90". Several newspapers posted the incorrect wording on their websites before a correction was issued.
Inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.
Inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 (inaugural class).
Inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1979.

Personal Quotes (32)

A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.
I usually take a two-hour nap, from one o'clock to four.
It ain't over 'til it's over.
It gets late early out here.
It's so crowded nobody goes there anymore.
It's deja vu all over again.
Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.
You can observe a lot by watching.
I never said half the things I said.
I want to thank everybody for making this night necessary.
Pair up by threes.
What the hell is wrong with him now? (when told by his wife that she's taken one of their sons to see the movie Dr. Zhivago)
Slump? I ain't in no slump. I'm just not hitting.
The future ain't what it used to be.
God Bless this wonderful game they call baseball.
I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours.
I don't know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.
How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don't know how to spell my name. - Upon receiving a check from Jack Buck made out to "bearer.
I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.
So I'm ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.
You can't compare me to my father. Our similarities are different.
Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too.
(On why New York lost the 1960 World Series to Pittsburgh): We made too many wrong mistakes.
If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
Never answer an anonymous letter.
We grew up founding our dreams on the infinite promise of American advertising.
(When asked by a teammate why he endorsed a product that he hardly ever used) Because they paid me in cash, which is almost as good as money. (a line that was used years later in a commercial he did for AFLAC Insurance Co.).
Speaking about 1973 New York Mets' miracle finish: People thought we were dead.

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