The greatest living New York Yankees’ player, Yogi Berra, passed away at his home on Tuesday at the tender age of 90 due to natural causes.

By Robby Sabo

Yogi Berra, the greatest living New York Yankeesplayer also known for his unique and dizzying catchphrases has passed away. He was 90-years old.

Berra died of natural causes on Tuesday at his home in New Jersey, according to David Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center.

“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.”

Berra was the symbol of American Baseball success. One of the greatest catchers and baseball characters of all-time played in more World Series games than anybody throughout the illustrious history of Major League Baseball. He was also a three-time AL MVP and 15-time AL All-Star.

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, not only was his talents phenomenal, but his leadership abilities were second to none.

From 1946 through 1963, Berra helped the team reach an incredible 14 World Series (winning 10) in 18 seasons in the Bronx.

As famous as his play on the field, his quotes will live an eternity.

  • “It ain’t over ’til it’s over” is among eight “Yogi-isms” included in Bartlett’s.
  • “When I’m sittin’ down to dinner with the family, stuff just pops out. And they’ll say, ‘Dad, you just said another one.’ And I don’t even know what the heck I said,” Berra insisted.
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
  • It’s like déjà vu all over again.
  • A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore
  • Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
  • Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
  • It’s like déjà vu all over again.
  • No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.

Berra was born Lawrence Peter Berra on May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, and although rejected by his hometown St. Louis Cardinals, a Yankees scout spotted the talent.

He married his wife, Carmen, in 1949. The couple, who met in their native St. Louis, had three sons, including Dale Berra, who played in the major leagues as an infielder.

He holds World Series records for most hits (71) and most games (75). He also holds the Yankees records for most World Series at-bats (259) and doubles (10). He is second in RBIs (39) and runs scored (41), one behind Mantle in both categories.

Yogi Berra was a Yankees legend like no other. When Monument Park is referred to only a few numbers should appear in the immortal section: No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 7, No. 16 and Berra’s No. 8 (soon to be joined by No. 2 and No. 42).

Sleep well Yogi, you will truly be missed.

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