Yogi Berra

Baseball Player

1925 –


Who is Yogi Berra?

Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra is an American former Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career for the New York Yankees. Berra is one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times and is one of seven managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. As a player, coach, or manager, Berra appeared in 21 World Series. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

Berra is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. He was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in a voting of fans in 1999. According to the win shares formula developed by sabermetrician Bill James, Berra is the greatest catcher of all time and the 52nd greatest non-pitching player in major-league history.

Berra, who quit school after the eighth grade, was also known for his mangled quotes, such as "It ain't over 'til it's over", while speaking to reporters. Simultaneously denying and confirming his reputation, Berra once stated, "I really didn't say everything I said."

Famous Quotes:

  • You can observe a lot by just watching.
  • Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded.
  • I thought they said steak dinner, but then I found it was a state dinner...
  • It gets late early out there.
  • It's like déjà vu all over again.
  • I want to thank you for making this day necessary.
  • It ain't over till it's over
  • I never said half the things I really said
  • If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.
  • It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.

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May 12, 1925
The Hill
Also known as
  • Lawrence Peter Berra
  • Lawdie
  • Lawrence
  • Larry
  • The Ape
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • St. Louis

on July 23, 2013


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