By Allison Kamel
“It ain’t over till it’s over.”
“No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.”
“It gets late early out there.”
“It’s like deja vu all over again.”
Everyone, it seems, has a favorite Yogi-ism. Even though Yogi didn’t say half the things he really said, each one still brings a smile to our faces. They remind us of Yankee legend and American hero, Lawrence “Yogi” Berra. Yogi passed away on September 22, 2015 — exactly 69 years after his major league debut.
Yogi began his Major League Baseball career in 1946. Since then, the Yankee catcher accumulated many accomplishments, including 10 World Series rings, three MVP awards, catching Don Larsen’s perfect game and having his number retired by the Yankees. He worked as a manager for both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. Having been present at D-Day in 1944 also made Yogi Berra a part of American history.
Yogi had become a staple within the Yankees organization. His presence at the stadium for special events, such as Old-Timers’ Day, had always been cherished by fans of all ages. He will be missed greatly, but his spirit of the game will always live on as his number eight in Monument Park serves as a reminder to us all of his great achievements.
As much as Yogi is part of Yankee legend, it is impossible to forget the 14 years he stayed away from the franchise in response to being offended by George Steinbrenner. When he finally returned in 1999, he caught the ceremonial first pitch thrown to him by Don Larson and handed the ball off to pitcher David Cone, who went on to throw a perfect game.
Yogi seemed to be wrapped up in every Yankee legend, whether he performed them, played during them, coached them or was just there watching them. He was a mentor and a friend to so many within the Yankee organization, and he will be deeply missed by everyone. Yogi Berra is a legend that will remain timeless.