Iconic Yankees Catcher Yogi Berra Dies At Age 90
One of the all-time great New York Yankees players, Yogi Berra, died late Tuesday night. He was 90 years old.
Berra played 19 years in the major leagues, 18 with the Yankees. He was selected to 15 straight All-Star games and won three MVP awards. Over his career, Berra hit .285/.348/.482, with 358 home runs, according to Big League Stew. He is regarded as one of the greatest catchers to ever play the game.
Through his career, Berra appeared in 14 World Series as a player, winning 10 total. Both of those numbers still stand as major-league records today.
After retiring from play, Berra would go on to manage both the Yankees and the New York Mets through seven seasons. He compiled a 484-444 record in his tenure as manager.
In 1972, Berra was elected into the Hall of Fame. The Yankees retired his No. 8 jersey that same year.
After baseball, Berra was still a legend, starring in multiple advertisements that highlighted his “vivacious personality off the field,” according to Chris Cwik at Big League Stew, and his propensity for confounding quotes, such as, “It ain’t over till it’s over,” and “Baseball is ninety percent mental, and the other half is physical.” Um, what?
You can see Berra putting those confusing quotes to good use in this humorous 1987 Miller Lite ad (featuring none other than Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander).
So, we guess it’s over now. RIP, Yogi.