Yogi Berra Biography, Stories, and Career Highlights
Yogi Berra was not only a Hall of Fame receiver for the New York Yankees, but he was also a spirited cheerleader, to say the least. Berra is a rare social commentator who can assess a situation in a way that you will surely never forget. Yogi once said, “You can observe a lot just by looking.”
Many of Yogi’s “observations” are now used in our daily lives. Some of the yogi quotes are:
- “A penny is no longer worth a penny”
- “It’s not over until it’s over.”
- “Half of the lies they tell about me are not true.”
- “How can you think and hit at the same time?”
- “I never said most of the things I said.”
As a receiver, Berra was unmatched during his time. He could jump out of his squat like a wildcat, turning touches into double plays and twisting pop-ups into easy outs. From 1957 to 1959 he was bug-free in 148 games. During that time he handled a record 950 chances behind the plate without a single error.
As a hitter, Yogi Berra broke almost every American League catcher power record. He drove pitchers crazy with his ability to get big hits from bad pitches outside the strike zone.
The Yankees had tremendous teams from 1949 to 1955. It was Berra who led the Yankees in each of those seasons. Five times he drove in more than 100 races in a season. For 10 consecutive years, he hit 20 home runs or more. He did all of this without being a strikeout hitter. In one season (in 1950) he had 597 at-bats, but he only struck out 12 times.
Did you know
- Yogi Berra was the second man in Major League Baseball history to handle his own son. In 1985, his son Dale Berra became a Yankee.
- He was highly admired for his business sense. He invested in everything from bowling alleys to YooHoo during the 1950s. All of his investments made him a rich man.
- Yogi won pennants as manager of the 1964 Yankees and the 1973 New York Mets.
Yogi Berra Timeline Biography
- Born: May 12, 1925 in St. Louis Missouri
- 9 years: Yogo sold 300 newspapers to help his family.
- 15 year old Friends called him “Yogi” because he looked like a character from a movie.
- Age 17: Signed by the New York Yankees for $ 90 a month
- Age 21 – Joins the Yankees at the end of the 1946 season
- 1952: Sets the American League home run mark for a catcher.
- 1955: wins third MVP award
- 1958: catch the entire season without mistakes