Legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, a member of the baseball Hall of Fame who was also credited with a number of famous malapropisms and non sequiturs has died at age 90. Yogi Berra, who was born in St. Louis, lived in northern New Jersey, reported Slate.com.
It is difficult to say which of Yogi Berra’s accomplishments and/or achievements made him famous. Or possibly Yogi’s Hall of Fame career or being acknowledged as on of the best catchers of all-time. Let us not forget the 10 World Series championship wins as a player, not to mention. Or his 13 World Series championships as a player, coach or manager. Or even appearing in 21 World Series as a player, coach or manager.
Then there is his admission into the MLB Hall of Fame as a player in 1972, his first year of eligibility. Or his being named an “All-Star” 18 times during his 19 seasons. Berra had a career batting average of .285, while compiling 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only four players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. In addition, Yogi was widely regarded as one of the best catchers in baseball history.
Was it the quotable malapropisms?
Yes, that is what made Yogi really famous was his “way with words” and the New York Daily News gave us some samples. Yogi would say things like “It ain’t over until it’s over” and “Nobody ever goes there anymore, it’s too crowded” and “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Some of his other malapropisms are “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical” and “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
President Barack Obama issued a statement.
Yogi Berra was an American original – a Hall of Famer and humble veteran; prolific jokester and jovial prophet. He epitomized what it meant to be a sportsman and a citizen, with a big heart, competitive spirit, and a selfless desire to open baseball to everyone, no matter their background. Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and his fans in New York and across the world.
Yogi even has a museum named after him in Little Falls, New Jersey.
It was the museum that issued a statement announcing that he had passed away:
It is with a profound sense of loss and heartfelt sorrow that the Board of Directors of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center (YBMLC) shares the news that Yogi Berra has passed away at the age of 90 due to natural causes. Yogi conducted his life with unwavering integrity, humility and a contagious good humor that elevated him from baseball legend to beloved national icon. For all his accolades and honors as a player, coach and mentor, he remained completely true to himself – a rare example of authentic character excellence and a lasting role model for his peers, his public, and the thousands of children who visit the YBMLC each year to take part in programs inspired by his values.
His museum’s website reads on the front page, “We’re open ’til we close.”
Berra was married to his wife Carmen, who passed away in 2014, for 65 years. Another famous malapropism, “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.” The family has yet to announce funeral plans, but you can bet there will be huge crowds to say farewell.