Yogi Berra, one of baseball's most well-known figures, who was renowned as much for his skills as a catcher on the field as his dizzying malapropisms off of it, died on Tuesday. He was 90.
Berra died of natural causes at his New Jersey home, according to the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. He had spent time at an assisted living facility in nearby West Caldwell.
Berra helped the New York Yankees to 10 World Series wins between the 1940s and 1960s and was named the American League Most Valuable Player three times (1951, 1954, 1955). The 18-time All-Star played in more World Series games than any other major leaguer. Berra, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972, also served as manager for the Yankees and Mets. His No. 8 is retired by the Yankees.
— Yogi Berra Museum (@Yogi_Museum) September 23, 2015
Berra, who spent much of his career with the Yankees, was also well known for his funny quotes, which came to be known as "Yogi-isms," and his fame was not limited to baseball fans.
“People who don’t know anything about baseball, know about Yogi Berra,” former Yankees pitcher David Cone reportedly told the New York Post in 2012.
Born Lawrence Peter Berra on May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, he was given the nickname Yogi by a friend because he resembled a Hindu ascetic portrayed in a movie, according to the Yogi Berra Museum's website. Berra signed up with the Yankees in 1942 and served in World War II before debuting for the Yankees in 1946.
Berra, who hit a home run in his very first game and won more championships than any other player, also led both the Yankees and the New York Mets to the World Series as a manager. He is the first man in over 40 years to win pennants in different leagues, with the Yankees and with the Mets in 1973.
Here's a look at some 'Yogi-isms':
“It ain’t over ’til it’s over”
“It’s deja vu all over again”
“When you come to a fork in the road … take it”
“I didn’t really say everything I said”
“We made too many wrong mistakes”
“You can observe a lot by watching”
“The future ain’t what it used to be”
“It gets late early out here”
“If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be”
And, here are some reactions from the sports world to the news of Berrra's death.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 23, 2015
— MLB (@MLB) September 23, 2015