September 9, 2020
Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra
(born May 12, 1925) to Italian Immigrants, Yogi Berra is truly an Italian American Hero! A former Major League Baseball Catcher, Coach and Manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–1965) for the New York Yankees. He played in 4 games for the New York Mets as a player Coach. Berra is one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League 3 times and is one of seven managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. As a player, coach, and manager, Berra appeared in 21 World Series, and was on the winning team 13 times. No Player has more World Series Rings (10). He has 3 rings as a coach or manager.
Hall of Fame
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra is widely regarded as the greatest catcher in baseball history, and one of the greatest players of all time. He was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in a voting of fans in 1999.
Berra, who quit school after the eighth grade, was also known for his pithy quotes, such as “It ain’t over ’til it’s over”, while speaking to reporters. Simultaneously denying and confirming his reputation, Berra once stated, “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
Yogi Joins Mets
Berra joined the Mets in 1965 after the Yankees fired him as their manager after the 1964 World Series and although he was hired as a coach, he appeared in four games.
Berra was a member of manager Gil Hodges’ coaching staff when the Mets shocked the world by winning the 1969 World Series. He took the helm when Hodges died in 1972.
The injury-plagued Mets struggled through most of the 1973 season and were 11 ½ games out of first place in early August. But Berra’s team surged late in the season, winning 21 of their last 29 games to win the National League East despite a milquetoast 82-79 season. The Mets beat the Big Red Machine to reach the World Series, where they lost to the A’s in 7
Yogi Berra passed on September 22, 2015 at the age of 90
Yogi has 10 world series rings as a player and 3 as a coach or manager!
Yogi Berra Museum
On the campus of Montclair State University
8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ 07424
The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center offers a unique and engaging setting for special events of all kinds, including weddings, birthday parties, receptions, workshops and corporate retreats. For more information on the 8,200-square-foot facility and how to book it, please visit our website