Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra (May 12, 1925 – September 22, 2015) was known for baseball and bravado, backtalk and just plain babble. He had more quips and quotes than we can count. Sure he was a little monster on the field, but it was what he said almost more than what he did that we remember most.
Yogi was a catcher, manager, and coach who played 19 seasons in the Majors, from 1946–63, and then one more victory lap in 1965, all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was an 18-time All-Star and 10-time World Series champion as a player, Berra had a career batting average of .285, while compiling 358 home runs and 1,430 runs batted in. He is one of only five players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award three times. Widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, Berra was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
As a player, coach, or manager, Berra appeared in 21 World Series and won 13 of them.
Berra, who quit school after the eighth grade, was also known for his malapropisms which is an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. Yogi was also known for his pithy and paradoxical quotes while speaking to reporters. Simultaneously denying and confirming his reputation, Berra once stated, “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
And here are a few more:
Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.
A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
The future ain’t what it used to be.
You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.
Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
It’s deja vu all over again.
And the most famous one of ‘em all:
It ain’t over till it’s over.
Rest in peace, Yogi.