Yogi Berra: His Most Overlooked Achievement


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This week, so much was written about the great . Some of that included his 18 times as an all star, his 13 world series rings, and the historic moment he leaped into arms.

But if Yogi could write his own tribute, what would he say? Certainly, he would write it in a lighthearted way, as we all know Yogi had a unique manner of expression. And the only way to remember Yogi is with a smile.

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So with all of the chronicles of his greatness, we must point out that one of his achievements has gone completely overlooked this week. Because on June 9, 2013, Yogi´s quotes were pitted against ´s in the Yanks Go Yard Ultimate Quote Challenge. Though Yogi and Dizzy were not in attendance that day, the results were nonetheless astounding. And here they are:

Representing the National League, we have Dizzy Dean, who is remembered most for his time with the St. Louis Cardinals. Dizzy mixed a twang with common- sense- humor to get his point across, as a player and as an announcer.

For the American League, we have Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees. Anyone who has heard Yogi knows there is no description for his wisdom. He is just Yogi, one of a kind.

Five quotes were taken for each, courtesy of the Baseball Almanac.

Up first, is number 17, Dizzy Dean, who said:

¨He (Branch Rickey) must think I went to the Massachusetts Constitution of Technology.¨

¨If Satch (Paige) and I were pitching for the same team, we would clinch the pennant by July fourth and go fishing until world series time.¨

¨I aint what I used to be, but who the hell is?¨

¨Let the teachers teach English and I will teach baseball. There is a lot of people in the United States who say isn´t, and they aint eating.¨

¨The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.¨

Alright, that´s going to be hard to beat. Yogi´s got his work cut out for him.

So, up next, is number 8, Yogi Berra, who said:

¨Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.¨

¨I always thought that a record would stand until it was broken.¨

¨If people don´t come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?¨

¨It gets late early out there.¨

¨So I´m ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.¨

There you have it. So who is your winner? Of course, the winner here is Yogi. After all, he is a Yankee. But as Yogi pointed out himself, ¨I never said most of the things I said.¨

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