Famous MLB Player Yogi Berra Dies At Age 90

“You better cut the pizza in four slices because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”

If you’ve heard this quote before, chances are you’ve heard of Yogi Berra. Sadly, the legendary baseball passed away at the age of 90 on September 22nd, 2015. Known for his amazing skill as a player and his often paradoxical quotes, his career is regarded by many as one of the best in the history of the sport.

Born on May 12th, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri. Yogi was raised in a primarily Italian neighborhood. His baseball legacy started with playing in American Legion leagues, where he learned the basics of playing infield, outfield, and catching.

Berra’s professional career started with his entry into Minor League Baseball in 1942. The St. Louis Cardinals wanted to draft them for their team in the same year, but decided in favor of Yogis boyhood friend, Joe Garagiola. However, the manager of the Cardinals, (Branch Rickey) who was going to soon leave to manage the Dodgers, tried to hold off Berra from signing with the Cardinals. Another wrench in this plan, though, was that the New York Yankees snatched him up before anyone made a move. The Yankees set Yogi down in the Minor League team the Norfolk Tears, where he made a spectacular job, driving in 23 runs in a doubleheader.

Berra also served in the U.S Navy during WWII. He served as a gunner mate on the attack transport U.S.S Bayfield during the D-Day invasion of France. Yogi and his crew were fired upon, but he did not sustain any injuries. Yogi was awarded a medal for his bravery.

Yogi first entered Major League Baseball on Sept. 22nd, 1946. He played 7 games that season, and in 1947 he played 43 games. Amazingly, he appeared in 14 World Series, and 10 Championships.

In 1972, Yogi Berra was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. That same year, the Yankees retired his number, which was eight.

Yogi Berra was an outstanding baseball player that made a huge impact on the world today. Many people today still use one of his most famous phrases: “It ain’t over till’ it’s over.”

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