Sadly, we lost one of baseball’s greats yesterday. Yogi Berra — Hall of Famer, all-time Yankees legend, World War II veteran, master of misstatement and beloved international icon, is gone. Berra died Tuesday night at the age of 90. Berra is most readily linked to championships in the game he played from 1946, when he broke in with the Yankees, until ’65, when he made a brief return to active duty and took his final at-bat with the Mets. His teams played in the World Series 14 times and won it 10 times. No other player has a comparable October resume. He managed the Yankees to the World Series in 1964 and the Mets to their “Ya Gotta Believe” World Series appearance nine years later. It was during the Mets’ worst-to-first rush in late summer ’73 when a phrase widely attributed to him became popular and, over decades, frequently invoked by those fighting diminishing chances — “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
Rest in peace Yogi- you will never be forgotten.