AKA Lawrence Peter Berra
Birthplace: St. Louis, MO
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: New York Yankee malapropist
Military service: US Navy (WWII)
Yogi Berra is a Hall of Fame baseball player, a 15-time All-Star, 10-time World Series winner, and three-time Most Valuable Player in the American League (1951, 1954, and 1955). He played with the New York Yankees from 1946-63, and was the catcher behind the plate at Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
He was nicknamed 'Yogi' by a boyhood teammate who saw him squatting cross-legged, arms folded across his chest like a yogi. The Hanna-Barbera cartoon character "Yogi Bear" was invented as a twist on Berra's name. Before his baseball career, Berra served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and manned a rocket launcher during the battle of Normandy.
After his ballplaying career, Berra chatted over TV broadcasts of ball games, and for years was partnered with Joe Garagiola in the booth. With a microphone in front of him, Berra was often caught with his foot in his mouth. When asked whether the Yankees' Don Mattingly had exceeded expectations for the season, Berra replied, "I'd say he's done more than that".
Many of Berra's statements are so clueless they're profound, so his 'Yogi-isms' are often quoted far from the sports pages, in theses, court verdicts, and articles in scientific journals. When Berra dies, will a Yogi-ism be engraved on his tombstone? "Predictions are risky", as Berra said, "especially when they're about the future", but the obvious choice would be "It ain't over until it's over."
American League MVP 1951
American League MVP 1954
American League MVP 1955
Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1970
Baseball Hall of Fame 1972
Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey 1993
St. Louis Walk of Fame
Endorsement of AFLAC
Endorsement of Miller Brewing Company
Wedding: Rudy Giuliani and Judi Nathan (2003)
Academy of Achievement 2005
SPORTS FRANCHISE HISTORY
Houston Astros Coach (1986-92)
New York Yankees Manager (1984-85)
New York Yankees Coach (1976-83)
New York Mets Manager (1972-75)
New York Mets Coach (1965-71)
New York Mets (1965)
New York Yankees Manager (1964)
New York Yankees (1946-63)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Toots (27-Apr-2006) · Himself
That Touch of Mink (14-Jun-1962) · Himself
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