Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra
Birthdate 5/12/1925
Death Date 9/22/2015
Debut Year 1946
Year of Induction 1972
Teams Mets, Yankees
Position Catcher

One of only five players to win the AL MVP three times, Yogi Berra was an 18-time All Star and 10-time World Series champion as a player.

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Larry "Yogi" Berra has 18 All Star rings and 10 more from the World Series

Yogi Berra is regarded as one of the the greatest catchers in baseball history. The 18-time All Star earned ten World Series rings as a player. Berra enjoyed quite a run from 1950-1956. Each of those seven seasons he finished in the top three in MVP voting, winning the award three times. The Yankees
Yogi Berra was one of the few stars who had reliable income away from his baseball salary

Yogi Berra was one of the few stars who had reliable income away from his baseball salary

Today it would be unimaginable to have a major leaguer endorsing tobacco products but in 1953 it was a nice source of income and a socially acceptable practice. Here Berra is shown on a Chesterfield advertisement. The 1953 ad attributes this quote to the 15-time All Star: “Chesterfield –
Yogi Berra helped continue the Yankee dynasty after the Sultan of Swat retired

Yogi Berra helped continue the Yankee dynasty after the Sultan of Swat retired

A young Yogi Berra looks a bit hesitant as he shakes the hand of Babe Ruth in this photo taken in 1947, the catcher’s third season in the Major Leagues. The shot was taken at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis during the festivities of Babe Ruth Day on April 27, 1947. A less than robust Ruth

6 responses to “Yogi Berra”

  1. Craig Mellor says:

    Oh, how I loved watching many of these Yankee greats on Saturday afternoon “Baseball Game of the Week”. Every Saturday in the mid to late 1950’s and the early years of the ’60’s watching a Saturday afternoon baseball game that was almost always a “Yankees” game. Announcers for many of those games were PeeWee Reese and Dizzy Dean!! What a treat for a young kid in South Central Texas, Mom would make a hamburger for me and my Dad and we would sit there and watch those games every Saturday. Thanks for the memories guys!!

  2. My dad was a Red Sox fan, and I was a Red Sox fan, but we both thought Yogi was one of the best MLB ballplayers ever. And a great guy as well.

  3. Jim Amerault says:

    Somewhere there’s a photo of Ted Williams cracking up about something that Yogi said that caused Ted to loose it as he backed away from the plate with his bat in hand.
    I’d love to know what Yogi said to Ted that day.

  4. Steven Stevenson says:

    I also would watch the Yankees on Saturday afternoon. Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Clete Boyer and Tommy John. I loved the Yankees then and was always fun watching them.

  5. Tim McCarthy says:

    One story missing was :
    Yogi and the Yankees were staying in a hotel on a road trip. It was in the middle of a heat wave and as Yogi and a few other players were heading out to dinner, Yogi, who was wearing a crisp cotton shirt and slack was approched by a woman who said to yogi, boy, you look nice and cool, and Yogi said, thanks lady, you dont look too hot yourself.

  6. Alan Daggett says:

    Birdie Tebbetts once asked Casey Stengel what he thought was the main reason for Casey’s success. Stengel replied, “I never play a game without my man.” The Ol’ Perfessor was referring to Yogi. Sometimes at Catcher, other times in LF or First Base.

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