Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Obituary: Yogi Berra

Baseball great Yogi Berra, also famous for his malapropisms, has died. He died last night at the age of 90.

He was a catcher for the New York Yankees and later a manager. He was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1972.

Berra truly became a national institution. He was so famous there was even a cartoon character, Yogi Bear, named for him. Supposedly Hanna-Barbera actually based the character on The Honeymooners character Ed Norton than on a real person. However, millions of us, including Berra, were not convinced. Berra sued for defamation of character but later dropped it. In the end, Hanna-Barbera did admit they took the name of Yogi Bear from the baseball great.

Like film producer Sam Goldwyn, Berra became famous for what he said as much as for what he did:

Berra became known for saying lots of memorable things — although whether he actually said some or they were created by the media has been a matter of conjecture. One of the many books he authored said it all: The Yogi Book: I Really Didn't Say Everything I Said!

Some other Yogi-isms:

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

"You can observe a lot by watching."

"It gets late early out here."

Some of Yogi's greatest hits are here.

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