Yogi Berra, Baseball’s Often-Quoted Sage of Wisdom
To say that Yogi Berra, baseball player, coach, and manager, had a way with words would be just plain wrong. The master of malapropism, Berra so abused the English language that his off-the-cuff quips have become just as legendary as Berra’s athletic accomplishments.
Berra never had more than an eighth-grade education (he did receive an honorary doctorate in 1996 from Montclair State University) and simply spoke quicker than his brain processed the words he was saying. In these colorized photos, let’s look at the career of Yogi Berra and some of the unintentionally witty, head-scratching quotes attributed to him.
The Ballplayer with the Funny Name
Born in 1925, Berra’s given name was Lawrence. But when he and a friend saw a movie with a yogi character, his buddy, Jack Maguire who also went on to play professional baseball, began to call him “Yogi”. Soon, everyone called him that. Berra’s Major League Baseball career began in 1946, after he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (and storming the beaches of Normandy), and lasted until 1965. During that time, he hit 358 home runs and was named the American League Most Valuable Player three times, making him one of only six players to hold this honor. One of the greatest catchers to ever play the sport, Berra caught Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.