Friday, May 12, 2006

Happy Birthday Yogi

It's Yogi Berra's birthday! He was born on this day in 1925, which makes him 81 years old today.

Yogi is the Hall of Fame catcher of the New York Yankees who played in the '40's, '50's and '60's. He signed with the Yanks late in the '46 season, and played with the greats Joe Dimaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Roger Maris. He hold several World Series records:
  • Most World Series played in (14)
  • Most World Series on winning team (10)
  • Most World Series games (63)

Before his illustrious Yankees career, Yogi served in the Navy in WWII. He participated in the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach in 1944.

Of all things though, Yogi is most well known for his Yogisms—that is his strange sayings and quips. Here are a few:

  • "I didn't really say everything I said."
  • "If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them."
  • "The future ain't what it used to be."
  • "It gets late early out here."
  • "95% of the game is half mental."
  • "No one goes there anymore—it’s too crowded."

And probably the most well known Yogism:

  • "It’s like déjà vu all over again."

Happy Birthday Yogi.


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