Baseball legend Yogi Berra died on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the age of 90. On Wednesday, hundreds of people came by his old neighbourhood in St. Louis Missouri to pay their respects and give condolences to the family of Yogi Berra. He was raised and lived at 5447 Elizabeth Ave which is now home to his Niece Mary Frances Brown.
He had accomplished many things in his life. Yogi was an accomplished baseball player and he later became team manager of the New York Yankees, and the manager to the New York Mets years after. He won the American league most valuable player award three times and the world series ten times.
This amazing player who dominated the field in the 1940s and ’50s was also a war hero; as a Navy man, he fought in Normandy on D-day, and later Operation Dragoon in France. Yogi Berra was awarded the purple heart for his service in WWII.
Yogi was inducted into the Baseball Hall of fame in 1972. Later, the New Jersey campus of Montclair State University became home of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. The learning centre awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities to Yogi in 1996.
He is also famous for his Yogi Berra quotes that some call ‘Yogi-isms’ including “It ain’t over till it’s over”.
“As much a source of folk wisdom as he was a competitor, Berra’s colorful, disjointed turns of phrase made him one of the most quoted Americans since Mark Twain, and a favorite of politicians of both parties — even though some of the remarks weren’t actually uttered by him or exactly the way they were attributed to him.
‘Yogi’s been an inspiration to me,’ George W. Bush once said. ‘Not only because of his baseball skills but because of the enduring mark he left in the English language.’
Among his contributions to the vernacular: ‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it,’ and ‘It’s deja vu all over again.’
‘I really don’t know why I say them,’ he once told CNN. ‘It just comes out.’
Yogi Berra was an American original – a Hall of Famer, jovial prophet, & a humble veteran. We’ll miss you, Yogi, but your legacy ain’t over.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 23, 2015″
Berra was married in 1949 and had three sons in the following years. His son Dale eventually played for the New York Yankees.
Outlived by his Niece and other family, Yogi is missed by family and many fans.