Wednesday, September 23, 2015

New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra dead at age 90: Report

Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees All-Star catcher who became as famed for his humorous adages as his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, died Tuesday, the Yogi Berra Museum reported. He was 90.

"It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday night at the age of 90," the Montclair, N.J. museum wrote in a statement.
The New York Yankees and Major League Baseball also reported news of Berra's death.

The legendary athlete was one of the most beloved sports stars of our time — his kindness, humility and good humor complemented his gifts on the baseball diamond. Some of Berra's famous quotes, known as "Yogisms," such as "It ain't over 'til it's over," became timeless and have become a part of everyday speech.

Berra played on 14 pennant-winning and 10 World Championship teams — more than any other player in baseball history.

A notorious bad-ball hitter, the diminutive Berra was a constant threat offensively, particularly with men on base. His offensive highlights include setting the career home-run record for American League catchers and topping the 100 RBI mark four years in a row.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 and was a member of Major League Baseball's All-Century Team.

And Berra's legacy goes far beyond baseball.  Though he rarely spoke about his military service, Berra was a 17-year-old from St. Louis who enlisted in the Navy during WWII and was part of the Allied invasion on D-Day, June 6 1944.

Berra is survived by his three sons — Larry, a former minor-league catcher; Tim, a former NFL receiver; and Dale, a former major-league infielder — along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Baseball and everyone lost a great man today.


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