Yogi Berra died on Tuesday at the age of 90.
While his legacy will certainly be his malapropisms, his accomplishments on the baseball field rank with the best of all time. He played one of the most grueling positions in any sport - catcher - and was behind the plate for some of MLB's seminal moments:
- In 1947 he hit the first pinch hit home run in World Series history.
- He was at the plate in the 1955 World Series when Jackie Robinson stole home. When he signed a photo of that slide 50 years later for President Obama he wrote: "Dear Mr. President, He was out."
- He was behind the plate in 1956 when Don Larsen threw the only complete game (and no-hitter) in World series history.
- As a player, and a manager, he has appeared in 21 World Series. As a player he was on the winning team 10 times.
- Yogi holds the Series records for games played, plate appearances, hits and doubles.
Of course, Yogi will be remembered for the things he said (or was reported to say). Some of my favorites:
- "It ain't over 'till it's over."
- "It's deja vu all over again."
- "You can observe a lot by watching."
- "The future ain't what it used to be."
- "If you don't know where you are going, you might end up someplace else."
- "Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical."
- "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."