Yogi: It's Over

Published on 23-Sep-2015 by J Square Humboldt
MLB / MLB Daily Update

The one and only and never again will be.

Dude had a rich 90-year-run.

  • Dropped out of school in eighth grade to play baseball.
  • Would've signed with the hometown Cardinals if they offered him the same $500 they gave neighborhood bud Joe Garagiola; his deal was for $250.
  • Lived through the Normandy invasion in WWII and received a Purple Heart after being grazed by a bullet in Marseilles.
  • Appeared in 21 World Series as player, coach, or manager, holding records for games played, plate appearances, hits, and doubles.
  • Became a social phenomenon.

Mr Berra is a very strange fellow of remarkable abilities.

                                                                      -- Casey Stengel

His response to those who said he was ugly:

I never saw nobody hit one with his face.

When writers said he was too unattractive to marry his girlfriend -- Carmen Short, who became his wife in 1949 -- Yogi brushed that off, too:

I'm human, ain't I?

He has continued to allow people to regard him as an amiable clown because it brings him a quick acceptance, despite ample proof -- onfield and off -- that he is intelligent, shrewd, and opportunistic.

                                   -- Robert Lipsyte, New York Times, October 1963

It was August 1973, and the New York Mets were mired in the NL East's sixth place, playing sub-.500 baseball. When a writer stated what seemed obvious, Yogi's response became the definitive expression of stripped-down logic:

It ain't over 'til it's over.

If only it could be déjà vu all over again.

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