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Yogi Berra

Yogi BerraAKA Lawrence Peter Berra

Born: 12-May-1925
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Died: 22-Sep-2015
Location of death: West Caldwell, NJ
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, NJ

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Baseball

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: New York Yankee malapropist

Military service: US Navy (WWII)

Yogi Berra was a Hall of Fame baseball player, a 15-time All-Star, 10-time World Series winner, and three-time Most Valuable Player in the American League (1951, 1954, and 1955). He played with the New York Yankees from 1946-63, and was the catcher behind the plate at Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

He was nicknamed 'Yogi' by a boyhood teammate who saw him squatting cross-legged, arms folded across his chest like a yogi. The Hanna-Barbera cartoon character "Yogi Bear" was invented as a twist on Berra's name. Before his baseball career, Berra served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and manned a rocket launcher during the battle of Normandy.

After his ballplaying career, Berra chatted over TV broadcasts of ball games, and for years was partnered with Joe Garagiola in the booth. With a microphone in front of him, Berra was often caught with his foot in his mouth. When asked whether the Yankees' Don Mattingly had exceeded expectations for the season, Berra replied, "I'd say he's done more than that".

Many of Berra's statements are so clueless they're profound, so his 'Yogi-isms' are often quoted far from the sports pages, in theses, court verdicts, and articles in scientific journals. His most famous line was "It ain't over until it's over," and for honorable mention: "Predictions are risky, especially when they're about the future."

Father: Pietro Berra
Mother: Paulina
Wife: Carmen Short (m. 26-Jan-1949, d. 7-Mar-2014)

    American League MVP 1951
    American League MVP 1954
    American League MVP 1955
    Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1970
    Baseball Hall of Fame 1972
    Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1993
    St. Louis Walk of Fame
    Endorsement of AFLAC
    Endorsement of Miller Brewing Company
    Wedding: Rudy Giuliani and Judi Nathan (2003)
    Academy of Achievement 2005
    Knee Replacement
    Italian Ancestry

    Houston Astros Coach (1986-92)
    New York Yankees Manager (1984-85)
    New York Yankees Coach (1976-83)
    New York Mets Manager (1972-75)
    New York Mets Coach (1965-71)
    New York Mets (1965)
    New York Yankees Manager (1964)
    New York Yankees (1946-63)

    Toots (27-Apr-2006) · Himself
    That Touch of Mink (14-Jun-1962) · Himself

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