Since I grew up in Boston, in the 1940's and 1950's as a firm Yankee hater and a rabid Red Sox fan ~ Yogi Berra was always the enemy along with Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford and countless other Yankee greats that broke my young heart every baseball season ~ but Yogi was in a class by himself. In some strange way, I felt Yogi did not belong in lofty Yankee pin stripes and his gentle soul and humanness, as revealed by his classic truisms, endeared him to both myself and millions of fans as one of the greatest Yankees and most beloved icons in the game of baseball: Allen L Roland, PhD
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Yogi still holds Series records for games played, plate appearances, hits and doubles. No other player has been a champion so often. In this Oct. 6, 1950, photograph, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Granny Hamner was tagged out at the plate by Berra as he tried to score from third in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. The umpire is Dusty Boggess.
"Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical"
"You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might end up someplace else."
"I never make predictions, especially about the future"
"Only in America " ~ Upon hearing that the mayor of Dublin was Jewish
"I ain't in no slump. I just ain't hittin' "
"I want to thank everybody for making this day necessary."
"Ninety percent of the game is half mental."
"If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him."
"I can’t think and hit at the same time."
~ Yogi Berra, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes
Berra and former Mets catcher Gary Carter during a postgame ceremony after the last regular-season baseball game at Shea Stadium, in 2008
Allen L Roland, PhD