The Alleged Best of Yogi Berra


The baseball world woke up a little sadder on Wednesday than it was the night before upon hearing the news of the passing of Lawrence Peter Berra, better known to all of us “Yogi.” He died at the age of 90 from natural causes, 69 years after his Major League debut on September 22, 1946. A 1972 Hall of Fame catcher, 18-time All-Star, three-time American League MVP and 13-time World Series champion as a player, coach and manager, perhaps what cements his place among popular culture folklore were the things he might not have really said. Whether he said them or not is largely irrelevant. Here some of the best alleged “Yogiisms.”

  • “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
  • “It’s déjà vu all over again.”
  • “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours.”
  • “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
  • “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.”
  • “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
  • “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
  • Regarding the gender of streakers on the field. “I don’t know. They had bags over their heads.”
  • “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”
  • “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
  • “It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.”
  • “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
  • “I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”
  • “The towels were so think there I could hardly close my suitcase.”
  • “It gets late early out here.”
  • “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
  • “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
  • “The game ain’t over til it’s over.”

And perhaps the greatest of all:

  • “I never said most of the things I said.”
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