Berra, Lawrence

Berra, (Lawrence Peter) “Yogi”

(1925–  ) baseball player/manager; born in St. Louis, Mo. During his 19-year career as a catcher with the New York Yankees and Mets (1946–65), he was named Most Valuable Player three times (1951, 1954, 1955). He holds many World Series records, including most series played (14), games played (75), and World Champions titles (10). He managed the Yankees to a league pennant in 1964 and the Mets to a league championship in 1973. Famous for his comical malapropisms, such as, "It ain't over til it's over," he was featured in many commercial endorsements. He was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1972.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.