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Sunday, 12 August 2012

Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra (1925 - 2015) played with the New York Yankees (1946–63), including 14 World Series (a record). He also set the record for most World Series hits (71), and for most home runs by a catcher in the American League (313).

His real name is Lawrence Peter Berra. He picked up his famous nickname from his friend Bobby Hofman who said he resembled a Hindu yogi whenever he sat around with arms and legs crossed waiting to bat or while looking sad after a losing game.

His comment that ‘It ain't over ’til it's over’ has become part of the game's legend.

1953 Bowman Color Yogi Berra #121

Berra was known for reading comic books.

Two of Berra's sons also played professional sports. His son Dale Berra played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and Houston Astros, and his son Tim Berra played pro football for the Baltimore Colts in 1974.

The cartoon character Yogi Bear is named after him.

Yogi Berra died of natural causes during his sleep at his New Jersey home on September 22, 2015 at the age of 90, the same day as his MLB debut 69 years before.

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