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jazzdelmar
09-23-2015, 04:31 AM
OT, but still.....

Yogi Berra, considered one of the best catchers in major league history, died of natural causes at the age of 90 Tuesday. The Yankees legend and Hall of Famer may be better known for the way he creatively butchered the English language, with what became known as Yogi-isms.

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 one to four.”
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 twenty-five 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.”

GoZags
09-23-2015, 05:22 AM
My "Yogi" story.

I had some buddies come in from Chicago back in '82 ... and the night they arrived we went to the Mariner's/Yankee game. Gaylord Perry was pitching, and going for his 300th win. Seattle won ... and as fans were leaving the Kingdome a nice 4 color piece depicting the 300th win was distributed. I was able to get an extra.

Later that night we were at my buddies' hotel in downtown Seattle ... which also happened to be the Yankees' hotel. In walked Yogi, and after eye contact he actually smiled and said "Hi". I said that there was history made that night, and that I had an extra "Gaylord's 300th" piece if he wanted it.

Yogi's response ... "Yeah ... I know ... I got three of 'em"

Sure ... maybe it's not the best "story" of alltime ... but it's something I've always remembered about a classic guy. Rest in Peace Yogi ...

http://www.hardballtimes.com/tht-live/30th-anniversary-gaylord-perrys-300th-win/

Hogan
09-23-2015, 08:32 AM
Thanks Jazz. Rest in piece Yogi

MDABE80
09-23-2015, 10:17 AM
When we'd get home from Mass in the late 50's, we'd all rush to the TV (a 13 in blk and white) to watch the Yanks play whomever. Yogi, Mantle and that dream pitching staff. Always Yogi though. The consistent player... A memory not to be extinguished with time. RIP . Job well done.

sittingon50
09-23-2015, 10:53 AM
A notorious bad ball hitter, he still amassed 704 walks as opposed to 414 K's in over 7500 AB's.

Was a big Yankee fan when I was a kid (no longer). Being a lefty & a switch hitter it was Mickey & Whitey for me, but Yogi was right there. As unpretentious a man as there ever was.


http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/a4d43fa1

Yogi #40 on The Sporting News greatest player list:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/legendary/lisn100.shtml

jazzdelmar
09-23-2015, 11:00 AM
I saw Yogi swat two home runs off Big Don Newcombe in a 1956 Series game at Ebbets Field. A few years earlier I saw Jack Roosevelt Robinson play first base at the old EF, as the great Dick Young called it. Loved Berra but he was no Johnny Lee Bench, the Zinger from Binger.

Zag 77
09-23-2015, 03:45 PM
Here is a list of 50:

1. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

2. You can observe a lot by just watching.

3. It ain’t over till it’s over

4. It’s like déjà vu all over again.

5. No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.

6. Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.

7. A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.

8. Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.

9. We made too many wrong mistakes.

10. Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.

11. You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.

12. You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.

13. I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.

14. Never answer an anonymous letter.

15. Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting.

16. How can you think and hit at the same time?

17. The future ain’t what it used to be.

18. I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.

19. It gets late early out here.

20. If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.

21. We have deep depth.

22. Pair up in threes.

23. Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.

24. You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

25. All pitchers are liars or crybabies.

26. Even Napoleon had his Watergate.


27. Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.

28. He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.

29. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

30. I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don’t understand is how he lost five.

31. I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.

32. 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.

33. I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.

34. In baseball, you don’t know nothing.

35. 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?

36. I never said most of the things I said.

37. It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.

38. If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.

39. 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.

40. So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.

41. Take it with a grin of salt.

42. (On the 1973 Mets) We were overwhelming underdogs.

43. The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.

44. Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.

45. Mickey Mantle was a very good golfer, but we weren’t allowed to play golf during the season; only at spring training.

46. You don’t have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it’ll go.

47. I’m lucky. Usually you’re dead to get your own museum, but I’m still alive to see mine.

48. If I didn’t make it in baseball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.

49. If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.

50. A lot of guys go, ‘Hey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.’ I tell ’em, ‘I don’t know any.’ They want me to make one up. I don’t make ’em up. I don’t even know when I say it. They’re the truth. And it is the truth. I don’t know.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/the-50-greatest-yogi-berra-quotes/ar-AAeFH7R?li=AAa0dzB

DixieZag
09-23-2015, 04:00 PM
Heard on the radio today - the guy is well known for being a good guy and all those philosophical quips that will live forever. What is often forgotten is how good a baseball player he was. He was MVP 3x. He went a season with an absurd number of at-bats, had a total of 12 strikeouts. No one is even close, it's as an inaccessible a record as Ripken's. He struck out 2% of the time. The next best for a season was Ted Williams - greatest hitter of all time - 27 strikeouts, so the next best person had double and then some over and above what he had. One of the best defensive catchers of his time.

Also, he readily admitted he didn't come up with many of the things attributed to him, but, many people believe he accidentally stumbled upon the many he did say. Not so. He had deep intellect and there was real thought behind many of them.

A gift to sports, a gift to baseball. Truly one of a kind.

maynard g krebs
09-23-2015, 04:55 PM
My favorite-

Yogi's son answers the door and calls out, "dad, there's a guy here for the venetian blinds".

Yogi answers, "go in my wallet and give him five bucks.

Birddog
09-23-2015, 06:19 PM
Some years back, Yogi's wife said; "Yogi, we're getting on in years and I was just wondering where you would like to be buried, here in our adopted home New jersey or where you were born in St Louis." Yogi thought for a moment and then said "Jeez Honey, I don't know, why don't you just surprise me!"