Yogi Berra, American Icon

Yogi Berra

On this, our nation’s birthday, I thought it would be fun to remember a forgotten story about American baseball icon and endearing personality, Yogi Berra.

On April 30, 1965, Ron Swoboda playing for the METs hit a long drive to center field. There was a double fence, the main wall was concrete and the second wall was made of wood. Swoboda’s ball hit the wood and bounced back.

Vada Pinson threw the ball back into play and the umpire, Frank Secory, ruled the ball was in play, not realizing the ball had gone over the fence. Instead of a grand slam, it became a 1 RBI single. Yogi Berra, who was the coach at the time, was ejected for arguing the call.

After the call, Yogi said, “Anyone who couldn’t see that was a home run had to be deaf.”

Yogi is the the one who famously said, “It’s ain’t over till it’s over.” We need to keep that in mind when we feel things seem hopeless.

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra is a former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career with the New York Yankees. He was born May 12, 1925, has three children Dale, Tim and Larry.
Yogi Berra Today
Other Yogi quotes –

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.

Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.

He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.

Never answer an anonymous letter.

It’s deja vu all over again.

When you come to a fork in the road….Take it.

I didn’t really say everything I said. 

When asked what time is was……” you mean now?”

I want to thank you for making this day necessary.

On why NY lost the 1960 series to Pittsburgh ” We made too many wrong mistakes.”

You can observe a lot by watching.

The future ain’t what it used to be. 

It gets late early out here.

If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.