'It's Over': Mr. Baseball Yogi Berra Dies at 90

'It's Over': Mr. Baseball Yogi Berra Dies at 90

'It's Over': Mr. Baseball Yogi Berra Dies at 90

When former Yankees general manager Larry MacPhail first saw Yogi Berra, he said the squat, goofy-looking catcher reminded him of "the bottom man on an unemployed acrobatic team."

At 5'8" with a paunchy body and mischievous smirk, Berra seemed an unlikely baseball hero. But the oft-quoted New York Yankees legend, who won three American League MVP awards and 10 World Series titles, is remembered as a clutch hitter and one of the greatest catchers of all time. He died Tuesday at the age of 90.

Berra died of natural causes at his home in New Jersey, Dave Kaplan, the director of the New Jersey-based Yogi Berra Museum told the Associated Press.

The beloved Hall of Famer -- who memorably uttered "When you come to a fork in the road, take it," among other malapropisms and contradictory phrases -- was an essential part of the Yankees dynasty that dominated Major League Baseball from the late 1940s to the early 1960s and included other greats like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Partly due to the Yankees' success during that era, Berra, who was also a 15-time All-Star, established several Fall Classic records, including most games played, most at-bats and most hits. In 1957, he became the first World Series pinch-hitter to hit a home run.

Proving, as he said, "It ain't over 'til it's over," Berra maintained a presence in the major leagues as a coach and manager -- he is one of only six managers to lead an American League and National League team to the World Series -- and became a symbol of New York baseball, past and present.

 

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