Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees 1949 Bowman Reprint Baseball
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Yogi Berra played minor league baseball with the Newark Bears
before being called up for seven games in the major leagues in 1946.
The following season he played 86 games for the Yankees, and he
would play more than a hundred in each of the following fourteen
During his nineteen-year career as a Yankee, Berra's teams
dominated baseball. Berra appeared in fourteen World Series, winning
ten championships, both of which are records.Because Berra's playing
career coincided with the Yankees' most consistent period, it
enabled him to establish the major league records for World Series
games (75), at-bats (259), hits (71), doubles (10), singles (49),
games caught (63), and catcherputouts (457). In Game 3 of the 1947
World Series, Berra hit the first pinch-hit home run in World Series
history off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca (who later served
up Bobby Thomson's famous home run in 1951). Though Yogi Berra
played in 14 World Series, he played every game in just nine of
them, one fewer than Joe DiMaggio, who played every game in all ten
of his Series appearances.
Berra has become a beloved, cuddly figure in American sport,
which in some ways has obscured his immense talents as a competitive
athlete. Yogi Berra was a fifteen-time All-Star, and won the
league's MVP award three times, in 1951, 1954 and 1955. From 1950 to
1957, Berra never finished lower than 4th in the voting. He received
MVP votes in fifteen consecutive seasons'tied with Barry Bonds and
second only to Hank Aaron's nineteen straight seasons with MVP
support. (Ted Williams also received MVP votes in every year of his
career, but it was twice interrupted by military service.) Between
1949 and 1955, on a team filled with stars such as Mickey Mantle and
Joe DiMaggio, it was Yogi Berra who led the Yankees in RBI for seven
Berra was excellent at hitting bad pitches, covering all areas of
the strike zone (as well as beyond) with great extension. He was
simultaneously able to swing the bat like a golf club to hit low
pitches for deep home runs, and chop at high pitches for line drives
However, despite this wide plate coverage, he also had great bat
control. Five times, Yogi Berra had more home runs in a season than
strikeouts. In 1950, Berra struck out twelve timein 597 at-bats.
This combination made him a feared "clutch hitter"; rival manager
Paul Richards once called Berra "the toughest man in the league in
the last three innings."
As a fielder, Berra was truly outstanding. Quick, mobile, and a
great handler of pitchers, Berra led all American League catchers
eight times in games caught and in chances accepted, six times in
double plays (a major league record), eight times in putouts, three
times in assists, and once in fielding percentage. Berra left the
game with the AL records for catcher putouts (8,723) and chances
accepted (9,520). He was also one of only four catchersto ever field
1.000 for a season, playing 88 error less games in 1958. Later in
his career, he became a good defensive outfielder in Yankee
Stadium's notoriously difficult left field. In June 1962, at the age
of 37, Berra showed his superb physical endurance by catching an
entire 22-inning, seven-hour game against the Tigers.
One of the most notable days of Berra's playing career came when
he caught Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series, the
only no-hitter ever thrown in post-season play.The pictures of Berra
leaping into Larsen's arms following the 27th out are among the
game's most memorable images.
On 18 July 1999, Larsen and Berra celebrated the feat with a
ceremonial pitch for "Yogi Berra Day" at Yankee Stadium (the
74-year-old Berra did not jump into the 70-year-old Larsen's arms,
though). This was a part of the celebration to mark the return of
Berra to the Stadium, which ended his 14-year feud with Yankees'
owner George Steinbrenner. The feud started in 1985 when
Steinbrenner promised Berra a full chance as manager, then fired him
in the third week of the season. Berra vowed to never return to
Yankee Stadium so long as Steinbrenner owned the team. Amazingly,
Yankees pitcher David Cone then hurled his own perfect game against
Montreal Expos, only the 16th time it had ever been done in Major
In 1946, Berra wore uniform No. 38 on the Yankees, switching to
35 the next year. In 1948, he changed to No. 8, which he kept for
the rest of his career on the Yankees (and later, the Mets). The No.
8 was retired in 1972 by the Yankees, jointly honoring Berraand Bill
Dickey, his predecessor as the Yankees' star catcher. Berra's
uniform number and stocky build were familiar enough to baseball
fans that Sports Illustrated once used a photo of Berra facing away
from the camera as its cover, with the blurb "YOGI'S BACK". Yankee
television announcer Michael Kay has introduced Berra on Old Timers
Day as "one of the best known faces on the planet."
Bowman 1949 Reprint Baseball Card
"It ain't over till it's over".
"If you don't know where you are
going, you might wind up someplace else".
"It's like deja-vu, all over again".
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