Lawrence Peter Berra, greatly known as Yogi Berra, one of the greatest catchers in the history of baseball has died at the age of 90, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.
Berra, a fixture of 10 New York Yankees world championship teams who won three MVP awards and later managed both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series.
He played in more World Series games than any other player. Berra was such a moving individual that “Yogi Bear” was created as an inspired cartoon.
“You can observe a lot just by watching,” said Berra as he described his strategy as a manager.
“If you can’t imitate him,” he advised a young player who was mimicking the batting stance of Frank Robinson, “don’t copy him.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” said Berra, giving directions to his house. “Either path, it turned out, got you there.”
The Yankees tweeted:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a Yankees legend and American hero, Yogi Berra.”
Berra played for the Yankees between 1946 and 1963. Between 1949 to 1953, the Yankees won five titles in a row.
The Hall of Famer managed the Yankees in 1964. Before retiring as a player, he decided to play one season for the Mets. Eventually, he managed the Mets for four seasons in the 1970s and the Yankees again in 1984 and 1985.
Yogi Berra once before stated:
“I love baseball, I really do. I always told my Dad, I’m not gonna make it working–I like to play ball too much. Which I did. We played hard. You gotta work at this game. You really do. And its fun doing it if you do it the right way.”
The “American hero” decided to devote his later life to charity work and community service. He started the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center near the Yankee Stadium.
Back in 2014, Berra lost his wife of 65 years, Carmen, often called “the woman beside the man behind the plate.”
Rest In Peace to the great Yogi Berra.
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