“While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom,” Yogi Berra’s family said in a statement released by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. “We celebrate his remarkable life and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.”
New York Yankees icon and Hall of Fame catcher, Yogi Berra died at the age of 90 last night on September 22, 2015, from natural causes at his home in New Jersey. The Yogi Berra Museum first broke the news of his passing and it was confirmed by the MLB. Yogi Berra’s death instantly became a top trend on social media as many people posted and tweeted heartfelt messages about the New York Yankee great on Facebook and Twitter.
Known for his famous Yogi-isms: “It ain’t over till it’s over,” “Baseball is 90 percent mental, and the other half is physical,” “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too,” “It gets late early out there,” and “When you come to a fork in the road, take it!” Yogi Berra was the backbone of a record 10 world-champion New York Yankees teams in the 1940, 1950s and 1960s and who became one of the most beloved figures in franchise history. Over his 19-year playing career, Yogi Berra hit .285/.348/.482, with 358 home runs. He made 15 straight All-Star games and won three MVP awards during his 18 seasons with the Yankees. In addition, Yogi Berra played in more World Series games than any other major leaguer in history and caught the only postseason perfect game in 1956.
The New York Yankees retired his uniform number 8 in 1972 and honored him with a plaque in Monument Park in 1988. Berra was named to the MLB All-Century Team in a voting by fans in 1999.
“Yogi Berra’s legacy transcends baseball,” Yankees co-owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “Though slight in stature, he was a giant in the most significant of ways through his service to his country, compassion for others and genuine enthusiasm for the game he loved. He has always been a role model and hero that America could look up to… While his baseball wit and wisdom brought out the best in generations of Yankees, his imprint in society stretches far beyond the walls of Yankee Stadium. He simply had a way of reaching and relating to people that was unmatched. That’s what made him such a national treasure… On behalf of my family and the entire Yankees organization, we extend our deepest condolences to Yogi’s family, friends, and loved ones.”
Rest in Peace, Yogi Berra! You are a New York Legend!!!
By Shamarie Knight, 23rd Sep 2015