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Truly one of a kind, Yogi Berra dies at 90

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I never saw Yogi Berra play, he was well before my time. But you didn’t have to see him play to know who he was or to respect that he was one of the best characters in baseball history.

His charisma was second to none and Yogi-isms helped him transcend baseball. He was beloved for his personality and humor and never let his great accomplishments change him.

An 18-time All-Star, Berra won 10 World Series Championships as a player and three AL MVPs and three more World Series as a manager before becoming a Hall of Fame inductee in 1972. Somehow, despite all of his championships and great performances, despite his .285 career batting averaged, 358 home runs and 1,430 RBIs, Berra was had to wait until his second ballot and only got 85.61-percent of the votes to earn his induction. But there is no doubt he is one of the greatest ever.

One thing that people don’t realize about Berra is that he started as an outfield and learned to become one of the greatest catchers of all-time on the fly. In 1956 he caught what is still the only perfect game in World Series history and to this day he is still the standard when it comes to calling a game.

More than just serving as a sports hero, Berra was a member of the US Navy in World War II. He was there storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day when he was only 19-years-old and received a purple heart and several other commendations for his bravery.

On September 22 at the age of 90, Berra died of natural causes in West Caldwell, New Jersey. It just so happened to be exactly 69 years after he debuted in the major leagues and started the career of one of the greatest ever. There will never be another Yogi Berra, but those who got a chance to see him or just hear him talk and share his stories and his personality will never forget him.

The Best Yogi-isms

  • “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”
  • “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
  • “It’s deja vu all over again.”
  • “Never answer an anonymous letter.”
  • “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
  • “You can observe a lot by watching.”
  • “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
  • “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
  • “It gets late early out there.”
  • “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.”
  • “Pair up in threes.”
  • “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
  • “He hit from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
  • “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
  • “I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”
  • “I never said most of the things I said.”
  • “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”
  • “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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