Sadly, it’s over. Yogi Berra, #8, 1925-2015.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The report on last night’s game will have to wait.

For there is bigger and sadder baseball news to report.

It ain’t over ’til it’s over.

Sadly, it’s over.

Yogi Berra, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history, and one of the most iconic Americans EVER (who doesn’t recognize or love Yogi?) has passed away at the age of 90.

Yogi, whose #8 was retired by the Yankees in 1972 (along with Bill Dickey’s #8), when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame, hit .285 in his career with 358 HR. He added 12 WS HR.

He won 3 MVP awards (1951, 1954, 1955). More impressively, from 1950-1956, he finished 3rd, 1st, 4th, 2nd, 1st, 1st and 2nd for the MVP award. Amazing, as Casey would say.

He was selected for the All-Star team every year from 1948-1962.

His adjusted OPS was 125—25% above the average player of his time.

Five times he drove in 100 or more runs in a season, and twice he hit 30 HR in a season (1952, 1956). He is tied with Jorge Posada for most HR in a season by a Yankees’ catcher.

He played for the Yanks 1946-1963, and briefly for the Mets in 1965.

He hit .274 with 12 HR in WS play. He played in 14 WS, winning 10.

After his career was over, he managed the 1964 Yankees and the 1973 Mets to pennants, both teams losing the WS in Game 7.

He managed the Yanks 1964, and came back to manage them again in 1984-1985. He managed the Mets 1972-1975. His managerial record was 484-444 for a winning pct. of .522.

His quotes, face, fame, success and personality made him maybe America’s most recognizable person and he did many commercials for products such as Yoo-Hoo and Aflac.

He served in the Navy during WWII and was there at D-Day.

RIP Yogi.

#8 Forever.


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