RIP Yogi Berra

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“It ain’t over ’til its over” – Yogi Berra

Well, it’s over.  Yogi Berra is dead at the age of 90.

A dropout in the 8th grade, and looking a lot like a caveman, Yogi Berra was an odd duck within the glamorous 1950s New York Yankees organization.  Often outshown by superstars like Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, Berra was actually the powerhouse of the 1950s Yankees — it was Berra, not Mantle or DiMaggio — who lead the Yankees with the most RBIs for seven consecutive seasons.

He holds several World Series records, including most games by a catcher (63); hits (71); times on a winning team (10); first in at bats, first in doubles, second in RBIs, third in home runs and walks; and he hit the first pinch-hit home run in World Series history in 1947.

Favorite Yogi quote: “Baseball is 90% physical.  The other half is mental.”

Of course, nobody is ever sure if Yogi made all these silly quotes.  “I never said half the things I said,” Yogi once said (supposedly)