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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

Biography: 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 New York Yankees catcher 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 New York Yankees 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 New York Yankees 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
  • 1956-10-10 Baseball World Series: Behind Yogi Berra's 2 HRs, NY Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers, 9-0 in Game 7 at Ebbets Field; MVP: Yankees pitcher Don Larsen
  • 1959-05-11 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends
  • 1963-10-23 New York Yankees name Yogi Berra as manager, replacing Ralph Houk who becomes the team's general manager
  • 1964-08-20 Yankee Phil Linz plays harmonica on bus despite Yogi Berra's orders
  • 1964-10-17 New York Yankees catcher 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 New York Yankees manager for 2nd time
  • 1985-04-29 New York Yankees fire manager Yogi Berra 16 games into season, despite assurance from owner George Steinbrenner that he would be kept for the whole season. Billy Martin named as replacement.

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