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Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra 1925 - 2015

  • It ain't over 'til it's over.
  • It's déjà vu all over again.
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
  • We made too many wrong mistakes.
  • You can observe a lot by watching.
  • The future ain't what it used to be.
  • Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded.
  • You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there.
  • In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
  • A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
  • How can you think and hit at the same time?
  • I tell the kids, somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose. Just don't fight about it. Just try to get better.
  • Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
  • It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much
  • It ain't the heat, it's the humility.
  • You don't have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it'll go.
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One of my favorites: Congratulations; I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
 

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Imagine signing a major league contract for $250.00 to play with the St. Louis Cardinals and turning it down. Beyond baseball, there is more to the story. In my opinion he was the best of the best.

And Yogi was involved in the Battle of Normandy on D-Day.

Berra, baseball have D-Day legacy
06/06/2004 9:14 AM ET
By Paul Ivice / Special to MLB.com

Sixty years ago today, on June 6, 1944, with thousands of Allied troops storming the beaches of Normandy and the future of the free world hanging in the balance, America held its collective breath. As the battle raged throughout the day, news trickled back to the home front. When it became clear that this was the beginning of the end of World War II, all of the day's baseball games were canceled.

That had happened only once before, on the day U.S. president Warren Harding died in 1923, and the only time it happened afterward was when Commissioner Bud Selig stopped play for six days from Sept. 11-16, 2001, because of the terrorist attacks.

Thirty-five Hall of Fame members and more than 500 Major League players served in World War II, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Many of them served as fitness trainers, morale officers or in other non-combat roles. But among the sailors and soldiers participating in the D-Day invasion were future Hall of Fame baseball players Yogi Berra and Leon Day.

About a year before D-Day, the New York Yankees signed Berra and sent him to Norfolk in the Class D Virginia League, but he was drafted soon after and went into the Navy. Berra had been offered $250 to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, but turned it down because he wanted the same $500 the Cardinals gave his boyhood friend Joe Garagiola.

On D-Day, while Leon Day was landing on Utah Beach with an Army amphibious unit, Berra was on an LST participating in the Normandy invasion, then went off the LST onto a 50-foot rocket-launcher boat that went within 20 yards of the beach.
Read more of the story at the MLB link: http://mlb.mlb.com/content/printer_friendly/mlb/y2004/m06/d06/c762644.jsp
 

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Awesome story. Thanks for sharing the info.

He's a true American legend and hero. One of the greats from, as Tom Brokaw put it, "The Greatest Generation".
 
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