It ain’t over ’till it’s over, but this time it’s over.
Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was an American institution whose impact and legacy transcended both his personal and his professional life. During his 19-year playing career, Berra collected ten World Series championships and three Most Valuable Player awards, accounting for 44 percent of the titles accumulated by the New York Yankees during their illustrious franchise history.
Berra also spent time as a manager or coach for the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and Houston Astros, garnering considerable acclaim and adding to his legend. His place in popular culture was strengthened by his words of wisdom and phrases known affectionately as “Yogi-isms,” while also appearing in television commercials.
As one of the last reminders of the “golden age” of New York baseball, Berra’s death signified the end of one of the most storied periods in the history of the game. Baseball Essential looks back at the trail he blazed during both his Hall of Fame career and his time serving our country.