#9: Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra may be the ONE player in all of baseball history who is remembered more for what he did OFF the field than what he did on it!
Berra played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (1946–63, 1965), all but the last for the New York Yankees. He was an 18-time All-Star and won 10 World Series championships as a player—more than any other player in MLB history!
Berra had a career batting average of .285, hit 358 home runs and drove in 1,430 runs, he is one of only five players to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award 3x, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history! In 1972, Berra was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
As mentioned earlier, Berra is probably more well known for his impromptu pithy comments, malapropisms, and seemingly unintentional witticisms, known as “Yogi-isms.” More often than not, they seemed contradictory in nature, but with smatterings of truth and wittiness. Some of his most famous quotes have gone on to become everyday American phrases like:
It’s like déjà vu all over again.
No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.
A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
We made too many wrong mistakes.
Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting.
The future ain’t what it used to be.
And possibly his most famous quote:
It ain’t over till it’s over.