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As always I ask my co-workers what would a good blog. We discussed some former players that we have contacted, a sports agent and a whole plethora of other topics. However, with the passing of Yankee great Yogi Berra, that was the answer. Surely by now every baseball and non-baseball fans have learned the Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday the 22nd of September at the grand old ago of 90…
As a youngster I recall my dad, uncles and their friends talking about a guy named Yogi Berra. Now of course at that age my cousins and I believed they were talking about Yogi Bear and a cartoon episode he was in playing baseball. It took me quite a while to learn that Yogi was a real ball player.
The dispute will continue on if Yogi Bear was actually named after Yogi Berra…Below is an article written by Laura Bradley a couple of days ago:
Yogi Berra, who died Tuesday at the age of 90, was a star catcher for the New York Yankees, a baseball Hall of Famer, and a master of malapropisms. He’s also, for better or worse, forever linked in the public imagination to a cartoon bear whose name is uncannily similar to his own: Yogi Bear. Indeed, the two names look and sound so alike that, in announcing Berra’s death, the AP’s wire service mistakenly announced the death of Yogi Bear instead. (No kidding.) But what is the relationship between these two oddly named individuals—was one named after the other?
Despite his creators’ contention to the contrary, all signs indicate that yes, Yogi Bear was indeed named after Yogi Berra.
Yogi Bear first hit TV screens in 1958 as part of The Huckleberry Hound Show. Soon after, Berra tried to sue Hanna-Barbera Productions, Yogi Bear’s creators, for defamation of character. Luckily for the Jellystone Park native, Berra dropped the suit. (Apparently, Berra didn’t love that he was occasionally addressed as Yogi Bear.)
Hanna-Barbera insisted there was no connection between their smarter-than-average bear and the baseball player, but as Walter Brasch writes in his bookCartoon Monikers: An Insight Into the Animation Industry, “Whether coincidence or not, it is difficult to find anyone else in the Industry who believes it.” (By the time Yogi Bear made his debut, Berra was a household name.) “As one top producer said, ‘If there was no Yogi Berra, I seriously doubt that there would have been a Yogi Bear. It’s just too much of coincidence for me,’ ” Brasch reported.
So it’s pretty widely accepted that Yogi Bear got his name from Yogi Berra. But how did Berra become “Yogi” in the first place? As it turns out, Berra (whose first name was actually Lawrence) got the nickname as a teenager playing American Legion Baseball. A friend who had just seen a travelogue about India noticed how similar a Hindu yogi’s cross-legged pose was to Berra’s when he sat on the ground awaiting his turn at bat.
“I’m going to call you Yogi,” Berra’s friend reportedly said. The rest is, well, you know.
On May 12th of this year Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra celebrated his 90th birthday at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. Former Yankee Manager Joe Torre was there.
A truly incredible life..an icon in the world of baseball…
Prior to the Yankees game, a number 8 wreath was laid behind home-plate during the opening ceremonies follow by a moment of silence.
Berra played in 14 World Series games and 10 Championships! He was the league MVP in 1952. 1954 and 1955 and was selected to 18 All-Star games ( MLB held 2 All-Star games in 1959 to 1962) He was the catcher for the 1956 Perfect Game pitched in the World Series by Don Larsen.
Wouldnt it have been great to meet and spend time with Yogi?It’s rumored that while stationed in Groton, CT with the Merchant Marine he would travel to Cranston and play for the Cranston Chiefs under an assumed name in 1946-1947….Perhaps another debate. However, there is no debating the Yogi Quotes that are known as |Yogi-isms. Surely we will use them and laugh every time we do and they will live on forever!
The New York Post printed the 35 best a couple of days ago…..They still make you laugh:
1. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
2. “It’s deja vu all over again.”
3. “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”
4. “Never answer an anonymous letter.”
5. “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
6. “You can observe a lot by watching.”
7. “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
8. “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
9. “It gets late early out here.”
10. “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.”
11. “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”
12. “Pair up in threes.”
13. “Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.”
14. “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
15. “All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”
16. “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
17. “Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.”
18. “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
19. “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
20. “I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won 25 games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.”.
21. “I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.”
22. “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.”
23. “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”
24. “In baseball, you don’t know nothing.”
25. “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?”
26. “I never said most of the things I said.”
27. “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”
28. “I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”
29. “I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I’d never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.”
30. “So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”
31. “Take it with a grin of salt.”
32. (On the 1973 Mets) “We were overwhelming underdogs.”
33. “The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”
34. “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”
35. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Rest in Peace Sir and Thank You for all you brought to a wonderful game!
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