Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over til it’s over!”


Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra was one of the most popular New York Yankees of all time. He was a long time catcher, coach, and manager for the Yankees. Berra was born in 1925 of immigrant parents Pietro and Paolina Berra in the Italian neighborhood of the “Hill” in St. Louis, Missouri. His real name was Lorenzo Pietro Berra. To fans, he was just “Yogi”.

He learned how to catch while playing baseball in the local American Legion baseball team. While playing there, friend Jack McGuire saw a newsreel about India and he noticed that the Yogi’s sat with their arms and hands crossed, the same as Berra. He began calling him Yogi, and the nickname stuck. After playing for the legion teams The Yankees signed Yogi for a $500 bonus but the War intervened. In the Navy, Berra was a gunner’s mate and was involved in the U.S. assault on Omaha Beach. He was also sent to Utah Beach during the D-day invasion. After the war, he received several commendations for his bravery.

Berra was a short guy for baseball norms, but he surprised everyone with his talent during his short time in the minor league Newark Bears. He was called up by the Yankees late in the 1946 season but only played…

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