The baseball legend and Yankees Hall of Fame catcher, Yogi Berra passed away at a ripe 90 years of age.
Some are born great, others achieve greatness and then there are those who have greatness thrust upon them. Yogi Berra, the great baseball catcher and originator of various witty one-liners died recently.
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He was 90 years old and thus could be said to have seen almost a century’s worth of inventions and discoveries. He was a participator in ten World Series championships and was a fundamental institution of the New York Yankees.
Yogi Berra's family also released a statement through the Yogi Berra Museum. The statement reads: "While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom. We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed."
He passed away due to the ravages of time and sheer old age. His family members said that they missed their father, grandfather and great grandfather. They also mentioned the fact that now he was united with the great love of his life and his life partner, that is his wife and their mom.
His was a full and fantastic life spent inspiring so many others. The man was a virtual live wire. Thickset and with a native look, Yogi Berra took part in more World Series than any other baseball player. He was talented beyond compare.
The legend was included as an honorary member of the Hall of Fame in 1972. However, what he is especially known for is his quotations which have become famous throughout the world. The most wittiest is “It ain’t over till it’s over”.
Some of his famous Yogi-isms are:
"It's deja vu, all over again."
"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
Such linguistic gems made him a darling of the literati crowd as well as a sterling sportsman.
"I really don't know why I say them," Yogi Berra told CNN. "It just comes out."
His Yogi-isms were often spontaneous outbursts from the subconscious. Yogi Berra himself admitted this. According to him, he would be sitting down for dinner when suddenly out popped a witty one-liner.
"Yogi's been an inspiration to me," George W. Bush once said. "Not only because of his baseball skills but because of the enduring mark he left in the English language,"
His family would also remind him that he had said something extraordinary. And it was only then that he managed to notice that he had actually spouted a profound truth.
He was a regular fixture for the Yankees from 1949 to 1965. Among his sidekicks in the game were Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford. By the time he retired, he began coaching the Yankees, Mets and Astros.
Several times they won thanks to his outstanding leadership skills. The Yankees wrote a solemn condolence message on Twitter upon his death. They said that they were deeply saddened by the loss of a Yankees legend and American hero.
Yogi Berra was a very lovable man to his fans. And the cartoon character Yogi Bear was actually named after this man who was a source of inspiration for so many. Yogi Berra’s total emoluments over any one season were around $65,000.
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He was one of those people who were there at the right time in history with the right set of qualities, physical and psychological, that made him a beacon of hope for Americans. May his soul rest in peace.