The man who coined the phrase “it ain’t over till it’s over” has passed away.
Yogi Berra died Tuesday at the age of 90. The baseball legend, considered one of baseball’s greatest catchers,was a mainstay with the New York Yankees for nearly two decades.
“Yogi’s legacy as one of baseball’s greatest catchers and clutch hitters is unrivaled. While the numbers don’t tell the entire story, they tell a great deal: throughout a career spanning four decades, Yogi was a 15-time All-Star, winner of 10 world championships (the most in baseball history), and a 3-time Most Valuable Player award winner. (1951, 1954 & 1955.) In 1972 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 1999 was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.” – Yogi Berra Museum
“Yogi conducted his life with unwavering integrity, humility and a contagious good humor that elevated him from baseball legend to beloved national icon,” said the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center said in a statement. “For all his accolades and honors as a player, coach and mentor, he remained completely true to himself – a rare example of authentic character excellence and a lasting role model for his peers, his public, and the thousands of children who visit the YBMLC each year to take part in programs inspired by his values.”
His family released a statement with the museum, saying:
“While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom.
We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.”
Not only known as one of the greatest ball players of all time, Yogi’s longer-lasting legacy is as the ‘accidental philosopher’. He coined many phrases that have become common one-liners, and that are often referred to as “Yogi-isms” by anyone who remembers they originally came from him, and he may have been one of the most quoted Americans in history.
- “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
- “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
- “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
- “You can observe a lot by watching.”
- “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.”
- “If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.”
- “Ninety percent of the game is half mental.”
- “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hittin.”
- “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.”
- “You got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”
- “It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.”
- “The other team could make trouble for us if they win.”
- “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”