Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I am Old Enough to Have Seen Yogi Berra Play

I heard the news this morning that baseball icon Yogi Berra died at age 90.  I first followed baseball in 1957, the last year that the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants played here.  From 1958-1961 I rooted for the Yankees as they were the only team in town.  In the early years he was still the primary catcher for the Bronx Bombers, but later on he moved to left field.  1963 was the last year he played for the Yankees as he became manager in 1964.  In 1965 he played briefly for the Mets but spent most of his time as a coach.  In spring 1972 after Gil Hodges died he became manager of the Mets.  He holds the distinction of bringing both the Mets and Yankees to the World Series, but lost both times.

Much has been written and said about Yogi today about his baseball career and Yogiisms.  He will be missed.

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