Baseball Legend Yogi Berra Passes at Age 90
Lawrence Peter Berra, aka Yogi Berra, one of the greatest baseball players in New York Yankees history, passed away on Tuesday at age 90.
He died of natural causes at his New Jersey home, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum.
"While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom," Berra's family said in a statement released by the museum. "We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed."
The short and squat Berra was a legendary member of the Bronx Bombers who helped the Yankees reach 14 World Series in his 18 seasons with the team. He would win 10 of those championship games.
But, of course, many Americans know Berra for his "Yogi-isms". There were plenty of gems over the years like the famous "It ain't over til it's over" or "Baseball is 90 percent mental, the other half is physical".
One of my favorite rebuttals from the legend is his reply to folks when they ask about all of the fractured syntax attributed to him, he would reply something like, “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
The coincidence of Berra's death is that he died 69 years to the date of his Major League debut.
Berra is survived by three sons. Yogi's wife, Carmen, died on March 6, 2014 due to complications from a recent stroke, the couple having recently celebrated their 65th anniversary.