“I never thought I was in a slump. I figured if I did not get my hits today, I would get them tomorrow.”
Yogi Berra played on 10 World Championship teams with the New York Yankees. Yogi was an 18 time All-Star and was named to Baseball’s All Century team. Yogi Berra was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player (1951, 1954 and 1955). Yogi is one of a handful of men to manage both the Yankees and the Mets. He is the only man to manage both those teams to Pennants. Yogi Berra was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1972.
Yogi Berra was a great ballplayer and a wonderful person. Yogi was a very dangerous hitter because he had power (358 Home Runs). Yogi was a great clutch hitter (He said, “I love to hit with men on base.”) Yogi was a ‘bad ball’ hitter who seldom struck out. Casey Stengel was asked why he won so much with the Yankees. He said, “Because I had that man in the lineup every day.” Not Joe DiMaggio, not Mickey Mantle…but “Mr. Berra, my assistant manager”. Yogi deserves a lot of credit for managing both the 1964 Yankees and 1973 Mets to Pennants. Both teams were thought to be out of contention however Yogi did not panic and both clubs played great in September to finish first. Yogi was a beloved figure because of his ‘Yogisms’ and because of how nice he was to other people.