Celebrating Yogi Berra’s Birthday with Yogisms!

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Happy birthday to Yogi Berra! The Yankees legend and Hall of Fame catcher turns 89 today, and as he celebrates another year I, too, would like to celebrate the man who has remained one of the most colorful characters in baseball history. What better way to do so than by sharing some of his “Yogisms” here on the blog?

What is a “Yogism” you ask? Well, it’s a little hard to define, but I’ll give it a shot. Berra was an incredible baseball player, one of the greatest catchers on the field. But for all of his accolades on the field, he’s probably better known for saying some absurd, mind numbing, insanely silly but all-around entertaining things. His one-liners are the stuff of legend. It’s clear that, when asked questions, Berra tended to just blurt out whatever was on his mind without thinking things through. What often resulted was a quote that was unclear, inconsistent and frustratingly bewildering – and fantastic.

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You’ve probably heard many of them in passing, you just had no idea they were attributable to Ole Number 8. I’ve scoured the Internet for as many as I could find, but if you know of more, please share in the comments below.

The Cute
· “I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”
· “I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I’d never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.”
· “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”
· “I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”
· “So I’m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.”
· “The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”
· “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”

The Slip-Ups
· “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
· On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: “Thank you for making this day necessary.”
· “Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.”
· “Take it with a grin of salt.”
· “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”

The Duh
· “I always thought the record would stand until it was broken.”
· “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”
· “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”
· “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
· “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
· “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
· “We have deep depth.”
· “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”

The Double Negative
· “In baseball, you don’t know nothing.”
· “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

The Contradictory
· “I never said most of the things I said.”
· “It gets late early out there.”
· “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”
· “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
· “Ninety percent of this game is half mental.”

The Whaaaa???
· On whether they were men or women fans running naked across the field “I don’t know. They had bags over their heads.”
· “If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”
· “It’s like deja vu all over again.”
· “You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”
· “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.”
· “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
· “If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.”
· “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.”
· “Never answer anonymous letters.”

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

3 thoughts on “Celebrating Yogi Berra’s Birthday with Yogisms!

  1. This post reminds me of Pops. Yogisms are great. Love this one “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”

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