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Hall Of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra Passes Away At 90

New York Yankees Legend Yogi Berra passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 90.  (MLB.com)

New York Yankees Legend Yogi Berra passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 90. (MLB.com)

Hall of Fame Catcher Yogi Berra passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 90, sixty nine years to the day after he made his Major League debut.

Recognized as one of the best catchers of all time, Berra and the New York Yankees won ten World Series Championships and he has played in more World Series’ games, sixty three,  than any other player in Major League History. He was also a three time American League MVP. He also holds the World Series record for most at-bats and doubles and second most RBIs and was elected to the Baseball Fall of Fame in 1972.

Berra became the manager of the Yankees in 1964 but lost his job after they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Years later Yankees’ owner George M. Steinbrenner rehired him as Manager but, in 1985 just weeks after the season began, he was once again fired. This time a fight ensued between Berra and Steinbrenner because of the way he went about it, the conflict last for over a decade.

Even non baseball fans are familiar with Yogi Berra because of his famous “Yogisms” such as, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it” or “If I had to do it over, I’d do it again” and even “It’s deja vu all over again”. And, let’s not forget, “Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical”.

Yogi Berra was born as Lawrence Berra was gained the nickname from a friend during his childhood who thought that he resembled a character from a movie with the same name. As well as his accomplishments, Berra also was a member of the military as a young age to help support his family.

Berra’s New York Yankees are currently in a division fight as the season concludes, just two and a half games behind the Toronto Blue Jays, but just remember Yankee fans, “It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over!”

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
Bethany Cohen