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Sounds of greatness: Yogi Berra’s 84 years, and counting, of one-liners May 12, 2009

Posted by William Spear in >> Dramatic Radio, >> News.
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Stats on Yogi Berra

Born:

  • Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra on May 12, 1925 in St. Louis.

Nickname:

  • A friend said he looked like a Hindu holy man.

Career:

  • 15 All-Star selections;
  • 10 World Series championships;
  • 3 American League Most Valuable Player awards; and
  • Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1972.

Like all great players, his true genius went beyond his impressive statistics. In Berra’s case, it was his command, sort of, of the English language. Simply put, his one-liners were the equivalent of three or four lifetimes of grand slams.

Examples:

  • “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
  • “I want to thank you for making this day necessary.”
  • “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
  • “When you get to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • “I didn’t really say everything I said.”
  • “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”
  • “We have a good time together, even when we’re not together.”
  • “Our similarities are different.”
  • “You can observe a lot by watching.”
  • “It gets late early around here…”
  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
  • “If I didn’t wake up I’d still be sleeping.”
  • “Always go to other people’s funerals otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
  • “You have to give 100 percent in the first half of the game. If that isn’t enough, in the second half, you have to give what is left.”
  • “Ninety percent of this game is half mental.”

Forget what he did on the baseball field, his one-liners are Hall of Fame material.

Happy birthday, Mr. Berra.

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