Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and most lovable characters, who was an 18-time All-Star, 3-time MVP, and 13-time World Series champion as a player, coach, and manager — but who may be more known for his ingenuous face and the way he masterfully distorted the English language, with what became known as Yogi-isms — passed away on Tuesday. The Baseball Hall of Famer, and WW2 Navy veteran, was 90.

Yogi’s baseball accomplishments; which were many, were often overshadowed by his cartoon-like physical appearance and comical declarations. Built like a tank, Berra played at a height of 5’7” and a weight of 185 pounds – just the kind of physic that enabled him to endure the physical demands of playing behind the plate.

Baseball Cards

The perfect mixture of championship domination, the growing popularity of the Yankees, and Berra’s affable appearance and personality, led to the production of some of the most popular and important baseball cars in the hobby. Let’s take a look some of the best.

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Yogi-isms

Even if you’re not a baseball memorabilia collector, or a fan of baseball, chances are you know the name Yogi Berra. His wacky, disjointed sayings are ingrained in American lexicon. So much so, that they have their own name – Yogi-isms.

Although many so-called Yogi-isms have been attributed to Berra, he once famously stated “I never said some of the things I said.” In his New York Times bestseller, The Yogi Book, Berra shared his most prized photographs, career achievements, fan appreciations, and plenty of his hilarious and iconic sayings that he actually claimed as his own. Here are a few.

[ut_quote_rotator_alt autoplay=”on” randomize=”on” width=”fullwidth”] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “It ain’t over till it’s over.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “It’s déjà vu all over again.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “When you come to a fork in the road … take it.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “Never answer an anonymous letter.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “I didn’t really say everything I said.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “I want to thank you for making this day necessary.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “I always thought the record would stand until it was broken.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “We made too many wrong mistakes.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “You can observe a lot by watching.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “The future ain’t what it used to be.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “It gets late early out here.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “Pair up in threes.” [/ut_quote_alt] [ut_quote_alt author=””] “Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.” [/ut_quote_alt] [/ut_quote_rotator_alt]

Berra will always hold a place as one of the most beloved all-time greats of baseball and in American pop culture.

 

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