Sad news has rocked the baseball world: Yankees legend and baseball lifer, Yogi Berra passed away late Tuesday night at age 90. His death comes exactly 69 years after his debut for the Yankees in 1946. Yogi’s legacy goes far beyond his hall of fame career as a catcher, having also coached both New York clubs, and winning 13 World Series rings as a player and coach.
Yogi was also known as one the game’s finest ambassadors and a recognizable icon, even some 50 years after he retired in 1965. Fans no doubt will remember his famous “Yogiisms” such as ” It aint over til it’s over” and “90% of the game is half-mental.”
Berra truly did it all in baseball, having played, coached, worked in the front office, but most of all, he was an avid fan of the sport. He was a three-time MVP and and 18-time All-Star and will no doubt go down as one of the finest catchers to ever play the game. He was a member of the “All-Century Team,” an honor bestowed on him by the fans in 1999. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972 on his second ballot. He hit 358 home runs and drove in 1,430 RBIs. Remarkably, he struck out only 414 times in over 8,000 plate appearances. He played with some of the greatest players in baseball history for the Yankees, including Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Phil Rizzuto.
Berra’s legacy goes far beyond the diamond and the statbook. He was a beloved figure, not only in New York, but across the league. With his passing, the league has truly lost one of its greatest ambassadors and beloved figures. As of this time, there is no word on a cause of death and funeral details have not been released.