Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was an American professional baseball catcher, who later took on the roles of manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball 1946–65, 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 was also well known for his impromptu pithy comments, malapropisms, and seemingly unintentional witticisms, known as “Yogi-isms”.
His “Yogi-isms” very often took the form of either an apparent tautology or a contradiction.
I have compiled some of the “Yogi-isms” in this list.
|I didn’t really say everything I said. |
As a general comment on baseball: Ninety percent of this game is half mental.
On why he no longer went to a popular St. Louis restaurant: Nobody goes there no more, it’s too crowded!
It ain’t over till it’s over. – After Berra’s 1973 Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East; the Mets rallied to win the division title on the next-to-last day of the season.
When giving directions to his New Jersey home, which was equally accessible via two different routes: When you come to a fork in the road, take it
On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: I’d like to thank all those who made this night necessary
You can observe a lot by just watching.
If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer.
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.
When told by a queen visiting New York on a particularly humid day that he appeared “quite cool, ” Yogi innocently responded Thanks; you don’t look so hot yourself
When asked if he wanted a personal pizza cut into 4 or 8 slices, Yogi responded with Better cut it into 4, I don’t think I could eat 8
It’s not the heat, it’s the humility
Do you mean now? Yogi’s response when asked what time it was by Rube Walker, the Met’s pitching coach, while flying from New York to Los Angeles.
They could make trouble for us if they win on the American League situation
The future ain’t what it used to be
We made too many wrong mistakes
If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be
I usually take a two hour nap from one to four
Know anything? I don’t even ‘suspect’ anything!
It gets late early out there