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Yogi Berra Dies. Yogi Who?

September 23, 2015
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Yogi Berra

You have to be of a certain age to truly mourn the death of Yogi Berra. He died the other day at age 90.

He was a baseball player for the New York Yankees. The Yankees are the team with the best record of winning pennants and World Series. He was the man behind home plate, a catcher. He played from 1946 to 1965.

Yogi was a great player. He is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Everybody liked him because he was plain and honest. He is a legend because of his sayings. They are called malapropisms. Malapropisms mean mistakes in using words that turn out to be funny. Here are ten his best:

  • “Never answer an anonymous letter.”
  • “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”
  • “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”
  • “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”
  • “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
  • “I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.”
  • “I didn’t really say everything I said.”
  • “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”
  • “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.
Derek Jeter, retired Yankee shortstop, fooling around with Berra in 2002.

Derek Jeter, retired Yankee shortstop, fooling around with Berra in 2002.

Yogi Berra was among the last of the post-World War II generation of ball players. He was born in St. Louis, Mo. He served in the Navy in World War II. As a player, Berra was an all-star 18 times and a World Series champion 10 times. In those days, the players were tough. They did not have agents, use drugs or have huge contracts.

All Major League baseball players were white. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first black American to play in the Major Leagues.

Baseball fans love nostalgia. Yogi Berra was a great player and a great American.

Source: The Wall Street Journal September 23, 2015

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