Such sad news. Yogi Berra, the legendary New York Yankees baseball player who is known for his witty ‘Yogiisms,’ has died at the age of 90 on Sept. 22.
It was certainly a good life for Yogi Berra. The New York Yankees catcher, who broke many Major League Baseball records in his time, sadly died on Sept. 22 at 90 years old. But he will forever be remembered for his incredible talent as a ball player, and, most importantly, his lovable personality and memorable quotes (or “Yogiisms).
The baseball player died of natural causes, and the news was confirmed by his manager on the same day he passed. “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday night at the age of 90,” the official Yogi Berra Museum Twitter wrote. In a statement, his family said, “While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom. We celebrate his remarkable life and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.”
Yogi was one of the winningest baseball players of all time, appearing in 14 World Series’ and making it to the championship game in 10 of those. The lovable catcher was known for his outstanding skills behind home plate, as well as for being adept at hitting bad pitches at bat. One of the biggest moments of his career was catching the only perfect game in World Series history.
After retiring from playing in 1963, Yogi became manager of the Yankees, and moved on to coach the New York Mets once he was fired. He stayed in that position for eight years before becoming manager of the team in 1972. He was fired from the Mets three years later, picked up by the Yankees as a coach in 1976, and became manager of his old team again in 1984. From there, he moved on to coach the Houston Astros from 1985-1989, after which he finally retired. Yogi was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, and his No. 8 jersey was retired by the Yankees. He opened the Yogi Berra Museum and Yogi Berra Stadium (in New Jersey) in 1998.
The MLB star will not only be remembered for his skills on the baseball field, though. Throughout his career, he became known for his “Yogiisms,” which included memorable quotes with seemingly obvious/repetitive meanings like, “You can observe a lot by watching,” “It ain’t over til it’s over” and “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.” His witty sense of humor became the inspiration for the beloved cartoon character, Yogi Bear.
Yogi married his wife, Carmen in 1949, and they were together for 65 years when she died on March 6, 2014 after complications from a stroke. The couple had three sons, who all survived their father.
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— Alyssa Norwin