If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer. Yogi Berra
Good pitching always beats good hitting-and vice-versa. Yogi Berra Quotes
Bill Dickey is learning me his experience. Yogi Berra
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is. Yogi Berra
He’d (Yogi) fall in a sewer and come up with a gold watch. Casey Stengel
Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true. Yogi Berra
Baseball’s different today, but it isn’t. Yogi Berra
Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken. Yogi Berra
We made too many wrong mistakes. Yogi Berra
If you come to a fork in the road, take it. Yogi Berra
It gets late early out there. Yogi Berra
My ambition is to hit .400 and talk 1.000. Yogi Berra
I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads. Yogi Berra
It ain’t over till it’s over. Yogi Berra
Commenting on Yogi Berra night: “I’m a lucky guy and I’m happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.” Yogi Berra
Baseball is a game of confidence, and overcoming failures and fears. That’s what life’s about too. Yogi Berra
You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn’t enough, in the second half, you have to give what’s left. Yogi Berra
Famous Yogi Berra Sayings
If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them? Yogi Berra
I’m lucky usually you’re dead to get your own museum, but I’m still alive to see mine. Yogi Berra
It’s like deja-vu, all over again. Yogi Berra
How can you think and hit at the same time? Yogi Berra
I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early. Yogi Berra
I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question. Yogi Berra
Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded. Yogi Berra
So I’m ugly. It don’t bother me. I never yet saw anybody hit the baseball with their face. Besides, I like to get kidded; that means they like me. When they stop kidding me, I’m in trouble. Yogi Berra
You can observe a lot by just watching. Yogi Berra
It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility. Yogi Berra
I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself? Yogi Berra Quotes
It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ve had a couple of those. Yogi Berra
If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be. Yogi Berra
He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious. Yogi Berra
You can’t compare me to my father. Our similarities are different. Dale Berra (Yogi’s son who also played Major League Baseball)
It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. Yogi Berra
I tell the kids somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better. Yogi Berra
Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical. Yogi Berra
You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six. Yogi Berra
Casey Stengel commenting on Yogi: “They say he’s funny. Well, he has a lovely wife and family, a beautiful home, money in the bank, and he plays golf with millionaires. What’s so funny about that?”
We have a good time together, even when we’re not together. Yogi Berra
I never said most of the things I said. Then again, I might have said ’em, but you never know. Yogi Berra
I think little league is wonderful. It keeps kids out of the house. Yogi Berra
The future ain’t what it used to be. Yogi Berra
The towels were so thick at that hotel. I could hardly close my suitcase. Yogi Berra
There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em. Yogi Berra
You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there. Yogi Berra
He (Yogi) seemed to be doing everything wrong, yet everything came out right. He stopped everything behind the plate and hit everything in front of it. Mel Ott
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours. Yogi Berra Quotes
It’s never happened in the World Series, and it still hasn’t. Yogi Berra
I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did. Yogi Berra
If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be. Yogi Berra
Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried? Carmen (Yogi’s wife) ‘Surprise me.’ Yogi Berra
Even Napoleon had his watergate. Yogi Berra
We have deep depth. Yogi Berra
The other teams could make trouble for us if they win. Yogi Berra
All pitchers are either liars or crybabies. Yogi Berra
Biography of Yoga Berra
Yogi Berra is remembered for his Hall of Fame playing career with the New York Yankees, as well as his funny expressions that became known as Yogi-isms, his many aphorisms and sayings were and continue to be quoted across generations making him one of the most quoted Americans.
Yogi was even dubbed “Most Quotable American.” Yogi with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama celebrating his military service, baseball career, and status as a pop culture icon. “In his own way and without ever intending to, Yogi became a literary figure, a man of language.”
Born Lawrence Peter Berra in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1925, to Italian immigrant parents, Pietro and Paulina.
Yogi’s baseball experiences started in his neighborhood, where local kids played baseball on the streets. The Hill neighborhood in which he lived also was home to other future Major Leaguers. A neighbor across the street, Joe Garagiola, became a lifelong friend. Another neighbor who would also go on to play in the Major Leagues was Jack Maguire.
He started his baseball career at the age of 14 in a youth league sponsored by the American Legion.
Berra’s first chance at becoming a pro came when he was 16 in 1941. He and Garagiola tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals. General Manager Branch Rickey offered them contracts, but Garagiola was offered a signing bonus of $500, Yogi $250. Yogi declined the offer.
World War II would derail Yogi’s professional career. At eighteen he joined the Navy. He served from 1943 to 1946, and rendered his service in North Africa and Europe, participating in the D-Day landing in Normandy.
Following his time at war, he played minor-league baseball with the Newark Bears, shocking the team’s manager with his skill despite his short stature.
He finally began his big league career with the New York Yankees in September 1946, playing his last game in 1953. He became one of the greatest catchers in history. He won three Most Valuable Player Awards while also taking the Yankees to 10 World Series championships. After he retired from playing and he became the coach for the New York Yankees in 1976 and led the team to the World Series of 1977 and 1978. Yogie then began managing the Yankees and the New York Mets, becoming just the second manager to lead his teams to the World Series in both the American and National Leagues. He was manager for the Yankees from 1984 until 1985.
Houston Astros brought Yogi on as coach from 1986 and was with the team until his retirement in 1992.
He married his wife Carmen on January 26, 1949 and the couple had three children—Larry, a former minor-league catcher, Tim, a former NFL receiver, and Dale, a former major-league infielder. Carmen died on March 6, 2014.
Carmen Berra was often seen at events at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey. The museum, opened in late 1990s . It has children’s educational programs that focus on sportsmanship and social justice projects in as well as showcasing memorabilia from Yogi Berra’s career.
In 1972 he was elected into the hall of fame. Berra passed away in 2015, at the age of 90 of natural causes.