And now, Yogi’s gone.
I’ve said it before: Nothing makes you feel older than when the baseball heroes of your youth die.
The last remaining player on some of the greatest New York Yankees teams of all time — no other player may ever win 10 World Series championships again — has died at age 90.
How many players in baseball are identified by just their first name other than players like Yogi or Kirby or Mickey?
If you’ve ever said, “it ain’t over ’til it’s over” you can thank Berra. He coined the term. “If you come to a fork in the road, take it” was his too. “You can observe a lot just by watching”? Yogi.
He even had a popular cartoon character named after him.
Berra is the last link to a bygone era in baseball, but also in life. Like many players of his day, he went to war. And for Berra, that meant an appointment with Utah Beach.
At the height of his baseball career, Yogi Berra made $65,000, a fortune in 1961.
He later became manager of the Yankees, was fired by George Steinbrenner, and refused to set foot in Yankee Stadium for years afterward. Steinbrenner didn’t even have the guts to fire Berra in person.
They reconciled in 1999.
“Where do you want to be buried when you die?” his wife is said to have once asked Yogi.
“I don’t know. Surprise me,” he said.
Yogi Berra didn't win 3 MVP Awards for being lovable & funny: he just was anyway. RIP. http://t.co/T5zTZXrm6Z
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) September 23, 2015
— LIFE (@LIFE) September 23, 2015
Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good too. ~ Yogi Berra pic.twitter.com/6PcWdKcveu
— Lets Play Ball (@iLetsPlayBall) September 22, 2015