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Yogi Berra

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra

Full Name: Lawrence Peter Berra
Profession: MLB Catcher and Manager

United States of America

Why Famous: As a player, coach or manager, he appeared in 21 World Series, winning 13 of them. He also won the AL MVP award three times.

Unusually, Berra played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–65) for the New York Yankees.

He was also known for his mangled quotes, such as "It ain't over 'til it's over", while speaking to reporters.

Born: May 12, 1925
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: September 22, 2015 (aged 90)

Historical Events

  • 1947-07-27 Yogi Berra starts a record 148 game errorless streak
  • 1947-10-02 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra hits the first pinch-hit home run in Baseball World Series history off Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of a 9-8 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3
  • 1951-11-08 NY Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards
  • 1954-09-26 Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop
  • 1956-09-11 Yanks Yogi Berra ties career record for HRs (236) by a catcher
  • 1956-10-05 Catcher Yogi Berra becomes 4th NY Yankee to hit a Baseball World Series grand slam in Game 2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn; Dodgers win, 13-8 but lose series, 4-3
  • 1959-05-11 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends
  • 1964-08-20 Yankee Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus despite Yogi Berra's orders
  • 1964-10-17 Yanks fire Manager Yogi Berra
  • 1972-01-19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1972-08-07 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard & Ross Youngs are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1980-07-15 Johnny Bench hits his 314th HR as a catcher which breaks Yogi Berra's record
  • 1983-12-16 Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time

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