Yogi Berra

By Quin Martin

Did you know there was a baseball player so good he rarely ever struck out? He played for the New York Yankees & later managed the Yankees & Mets. This player had lots of Yogi-isms. He is Yogi Berra.

Who Was

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was born May 12, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents were Italian Immigrants. Immigrants are people who moved from 1 country to another. So Yogi’s parents moved from Italy to America. He had 3 older brothers & younger sister. He got his nickname,Yogi, from a childhood friend. He thought Yogi looked like an Indian snake charmer. Yogi got teased because of the way he looked when he was a kid & teenager. In 8th grade, Yogi dropped out of school to help his family. In Yogi’s teens, he started getting serious about baseball. After playing & managing baseball, he became a colorful spokesman for several products & institutions.

What Did He Do?

Yogi Berra is very funny, with lots of Yogi-isms. Some of them were “It ain't over ‘til it’s over,” & “When you come to a fork in the road. . . take it.” He played with the New York Yankees from 1946-1963(17 years). This Hall of Famer was considered one of the best catchers in history & a legend. He still is. Yogi set major league records by catching in 148 games in a row. He also set records by playing 950 games without making an error. He was also 1 out of 4 catchers to ever field 1.000 in a season. He won 3 american MVP’s, 10 championships, 14 World Series, & 15 all-star games. After playing, Yogi managed the New York Yankees in 1964, then the New York Mets from 1972-1976. Then, after managing the Mets, he went back to managing the Yankees for 9 more years. Yogi represented 1 of 6 managers to lead both National & American league teams to a World Series. Yogi was a great baseball player & manager, but before all of that, he served the U.S. navy for 2 years in World War //. He was a Doomsday Rocket Boat veteran. Doomsday, also known as The Invasion Of Normandy, took place on June 6, 1944. It’s when the forces of Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France.

Impact On The World

Yogi joined the navy in 1944 during World War //, which changed the world. Also, he made a lot of baseball records (lot’s of them are in the 2nd paragraph). Many people look up to him, including me.

Should We Try To Be More Like Him?

I think we should try to be more like Yogi Berra. He’s funny, with lots of Yogi-isms. He’s kind, serving as a colorful spokesman. He’s tough (mentally & physically). He’s mentally tough because when he was younger, he got teased, & he’s physically tough because he’s a catcher, & they get beat up (by the ball) all the time. Also, we should be like Yogi for many other good reasons.
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