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May 12, 2005

Happy Birthday, The Heart

"I didn't really say everything I said."

"Yogi Berra had the fastest bat I ever saw. He could hit a ball late, that was already past him, and take it out of the park. The pitchers were afraid of him because he'd hit anything, so they didn't know what to throw. Yogi had them psyched out and he wasn't even trying to psych them out."
Hector Lopez

How good? Look who he blew away on his Hall Of Fame ballot.
Oh, BTW, check out the rings.

He went toe to toe with Darth Boss George and taught him a lesson about Yankee Pride.
"I didn't realize how much I'd screwed up. It was a major screw-up. It was a stupid thing on my part," the Yankees owner said. "It was a monumental mistake on my part. Sometimes, it takes a long time to get things right. Yogi is a highly principled man. I messed up."
READ: I realized that if Yogi never again walked into the Stadium, I'd get strung up like Mussolini.

The full Cooperstown take on the final Pinstriped #8.

The stats.

The bear.


The duck.


Yogi's House.

"So I'm ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face."

Asked about RhoidBoy, Yogi shook his head and said:
"... I dunno what the answer is with him; what he needs. I only know I never struck out three times in a game in my whole career until Tony Cloninger did it to me in 1965 when I made that brief comeback with the Mets. That's when I knew it was time to quit - when I knew they could throw that fastball by me."
Who needs Yoda?

Posted by TC at May 12, 2005 02:12 AM

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You beat me to it.

Happy birthday, Yogi!

Posted by: michele at May 12, 2005 05:39 AM

Sandy Koufax and Yogi Berra make one hell of a battery.

Posted by: Mark at May 12, 2005 09:12 PM

Being a member of RSN, I humbly step over to help honor a member of the darkside that I consider one of the greatest baseball players ever.

My dad, a Yankee through and through sent me his favorite Yogi story today-

-Fellow Hall Of Famer Whitey Ford recalled a game against the Chicago White Sox where Berra was behind the plate.

Ford quickly allowed a double and a bunt, hit one batter and then watched Ted Kluszewski launch one into the outfield fence.

"I've thrown four pitches and I'm losing 3-0," Ford recalled. "Out to the mound comes (manager Casey) Stengel and he asks Yogi, 'What kind of stuff has he (Ford) got?' And Yogi says, 'How the hell do I know; I haven't caught one yet!"

Happy Birth Day Yogi!

Posted by: Tman at May 12, 2005 10:39 PM