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Yogi Berra
New York Yankees
Hall of Fame Inductee - 1972
American League MVP 1951, 1954, 1955
All-Star Selection 15 times 1948-1962

Full Name: Lawrence Peter Berra
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 194 lbs.
Born: May 12, 1925 in St.Louis, MO
Major League Debut: Sep 22, 1946

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800 Gm
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MANAGERIAL
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CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1965
TM
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
OF
C
C
C
G
7
83
125
116
151
141
142
137
151
147
140
134
122
131
120
119
86
64
4
AB
22
293
469
415
597
547
534
503
584
541
521
482
433
472
359
395
232
147
9
R
3
41
70
59
116
92
97
80
88
84
93
74
60
64
46
62
25
20
1
H
8
82
143
115
192
161
146
149
179
147
155
121
115
134
99
107
52
43
2
2B
1
15
24
20
30
19
17
23
28
20
29
14
17
25
14
11
8
6
0
3B
0
3
10
2
6
4
1
5
6
3
2
2
3
1
1
0
0
0
0
HR
2
11
14
20
28
27
30
27
22
27
30
24
22
19
15
22
10
8
0
RBI
4
54
98
91
124
88
98
108
125
108
105
82
90
69
62
61
35
28
0
TB
15
136
229
199
318
269
255
263
285
254
278
211
204
218
160
184
90
73
2
BB
1
13
25
22
55
44
66
50
56
60
65
57
35
43
38
35
24
15
0
IBB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
7
10
5
5
6
4
4
2
0
Totals G
2120
AB
7555
R
1175
H
2150
2B
321
3B
49
HR
358
RBI
1430
TB
3643
BB
704
IBB
49


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1965
TM
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
K
1
12
24
25
12
20
24
32
29
20
29
24
35
38
23
28
18
17
3
HBP
0
0
1
6
4
3
4
3
4
7
5
1
2
4
3
2
2
1
0
SH
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
1
1
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SF
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
5
5
4
6
2
4
5
5
1
0
GDP
0
7
9
6
11
16
8
7
9
13
8
11
6
6
11
7
7
4
0
SB
0
0
3
2
4
5
2
0
0
1
3
1
3
1
2
2
0
1
0
CS
0
1
3
1
2
4
3
3
1
0
2
2
0
2
1
0
1
0
0
SB%
-.---
.000
.500
.667
.667
.556
.400
.000
.000
1.000
.600
.333
1.000
.333
.667
1.000
.000
1.000
-.---
AVG
.364
.280
.305
.277
.322
.294
.273
.296
.307
.272
.298
.251
.266
.284
.276
.271
.224
.293
.222
OBP
.391
.310
.341
.323
.383
.350
.358
.363
.367
.349
.378
.329
.319
.347
.347
.330
.297
.360
.222
SLG
.682
.464
.488
.480
.533
.492
.478
.523
.488
.470
.534
.438
.471
.462
.446
.466
.388
.497
.222
AB/HR
11.0
26.6
33.5
20.8
21.3
20.3
17.8
18.6
26.5
20.0
17.4
20.1
19.7
24.8
23.9
18.0
23.2
18.4
--.-
AB/K
22.0
24.4
19.5
16.6
49.8
27.4
22.3
15.7
20.1
27.1
18.0
20.1
12.4
12.4
15.6
14.1
12.9
8.6
3.0
Totals K
414
HBP
52
SH
9
SF
44
GDP
146
SB
30
CS
26
SB%
.536
BAVG
.285
OBP
.348
SLG
.482
AB/HR
21.1
AB/K
18.2


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1946
1947
1947
1948
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1954
1955
1956
1956
1957
1957
1958
1958
1958
1959
1959
1960
1960
1961
1961
1962
1962
1963
1965
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYA
NYN
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
NL
C
OF
C
OF
C
C
C
C
C
C
3B
C
C
OF
C
OF
C
1B
OF
C
OF
C
OF
C
C
OF
OF
C
C
C
6
24
51
50
71
109
148
141
140
133
1
149
145
1
135
6
121
2
21
88
7
116
36
63
15
87
28
31
35
2
34
49
285
99
340
611
854
788
779
639
2
788
815
3
798
3
769
10
44
550
11
761
60
281
84
170
68
193
260
17
28
48
259
93
297
544
777
693
700
566
1
717
748
1
732
3
704
10
39
509
8
698
56
256
76
161
63
175
244
15
6
0
18
4
36
60
64
82
73
64
1
63
54
2
55
0
61
0
3
41
1
61
2
22
8
7
1
16
13
1
0
1
8
2
7
7
13
13
6
9
0
8
13
0
11
0
4
0
2
0
2
2
2
3
0
2
4
2
3
1
2
0
5
2
5
18
16
25
10
9
0
14
10
0
15
0
12
2
1
8
1
9
0
6
0
2
0
6
5
0
1.000
0.980
0.972
0.980
0.979
0.989
0.985
0.984
0.992
0.986
1.000
0.990
0.984
1.000
0.986
1.000
0.995
1.000
0.955
1.000
0.818
0.997
0.967
0.989
1.000
0.988
0.941
0.990
0.988
0.941
Totals G
1962
Ch
10165
PO
9221
A
819
E
125
DP
183
FPCT
0.988


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1959
1960
1960
1961
1961
1962
TM
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
G
0
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
0
1
1
1
1
0
1
AB
0
3
2
4
2
4
4
6
2
3
2
0
3
2
2
1
0
1
R
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
H
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
1
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
RBI
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
TB
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
1
2
1
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
BB
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
K
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
SB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BAVG
-.---
.000
.000
.250
.000
.000
.500
.167
1.000
.333
.000
-.---
.333
.000
.000
.000
-.---
.000
SLG
-.---
.000
.000
.250
.000
.000
.500
.167
1.000
.333
.000
-.---
1.333
.000
.000
.000
-.---
.000
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
3.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
--.-
1.5
--.-
2.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
Totals G
15
AB
41
R
5
H
8
2B
0
3B
0
HR
1
RBI
3
TB
11
BB
2
K
3
SB
0
AVG
.195
SLG
.268
AB/HR
41.0
AB/K
13.7


WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1947
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1955
1956
1957
1958
1960
1961
1962
1963
TM
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
NY
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
G
6
4
4
6
7
6
7
7
7
7
7
4
2
1
AB
19
16
15
23
28
21
24
25
25
27
22
11
2
1
R
2
2
2
4
2
3
5
5
5
3
6
2
0
0
H
3
1
3
6
6
9
10
9
8
6
7
3
0
0
2B
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
2
1
3
0
0
0
0
3B
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
HR
1
0
1
0
2
1
1
3
1
0
1
1
0
0
RBI
2
1
2
0
3
4
2
10
2
2
8
3
0
0
TB
6
1
6
7
13
13
14
20
12
9
10
6
0
0
BB
1
1
2
2
2
3
3
4
4
1
2
5
2
0
K
2
3
1
1
4
3
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
SB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
BAVG
.158
.063
.200
.261
.214
.429
.417
.360
.320
.222
.318
.273
.000
.000
SLG
.316
.063
.400
.304
.464
.619
.583
.800
.480
.333
.455
.545
.000
.000
AB/HR
19.0
--.-
15.0
--.-
14.0
21.0
24.0
8.3
25.0
--.-
22.0
11.0
--.-
--.-
AB/K
9.5
5.3
15.0
23.0
7.0
7.0
24.0
25.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
11.0
--.-
--.-
Totals G
75
AB
259
R
41
H
71
2B
10
3B
0
HR
12
RBI
39
TB
117
BB
32
K
17
SB
0
AVG
.274
SLG
.452
AB/HR
21.6
AB/K
15.2


WORLD SERIES FIELDING
YEAR TEAM POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1947
1947
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1955
1956
1957
1958
1960
1960
1961
1962
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
NYY
OF
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
OF
OF
C
2
4
4
4
6
7
6
7
7
7
7
3
4
4
1
3
23
40
31
31
67
40
44
53
48
66
14
5
12
7
3
19
37
30
27
59
37
40
50
45
60
13
5
11
6
0
2
3
1
3
7
3
4
3
2
6
1
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1.000
0.913
1.000
1.000
0.968
0.985
1.000
1.000
1.000
0.979
1.000
1.000
1.000
0.917
1.000
Totals G
73
Ch
484
PO
442
A
36
E
6
DP
5
FPCT
0.988


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1946-1963
1965
TM
NY
NY
LG
AL
NL
TEAM NAME
New York Yankees
New York Mets
LEAGUE NAME
American League
National League

Berra was named to the AL All-Star team fifteen times, a three-time MVP and holds numerous World Series records, including games by a catcher (63), hits (71) and number of times on the winning team (10). Although lightly regarded as a manager, he was the first big league skipper to win pennants in both leagues in nearly forty years.

As testament to Berra's hidden mobility, he logged 2 unassisted double plays as a catcher, tagging hitters and base runners on bunt plays.

Defense alone wasn't making Berra a mythic character. Sportswriters claimed that Berra shared Casey Stengel's gift for butchering the English language. Berra took advantage of his public persona during games. Batters curious enough to listen to Berra's babbling would lose concentration quickly, playing into the shrewd hands of the supposedly daffy catcher. (See Yogi-isms Page for some of his infamous remarks.)

During WWII, at age 18 Yogi enlisted in the Navy and served in North Africa and Italy. On D-Day -- June 6, 1944 -- Berra was shooting it out with the Germans at Omaha Beach. He was on a small rocket boat off the beach. It had machine guns and 24 rockets and Yogi was firing the rockets. After the war Yogi vanished into baseball's minor leagues, not reaching the Yanks until late in the 1946 season. Aaron Robinson was the catcher and Yogi mostly played outfield. Bill Dickey [another Hall of Famer catcher] was the manager. Yogi was a lousy catcher until Dickey taught him how to play the position. The next year Robinson was traded and Yogi became the starting catcher.

Yogi Berra is known to millions who don't even follow baseball. His persona transcends the game. Berra is funny and, at a squat 5'8", was a seemingly improbable star. But a star he was - a Hall of Famer. "To me," Casey Stengel said, "he is a great man. I am lucky to have him and so are my pitchers...He springs on a bunt like it was another dollar."

Through hard work and the help of Bill Dickey, Berra became a great catcher. He led the American League in games caught and chances accepted eight times, and led the league in double plays six times. He is one of only four catchers to ever field 1.000 in a season (1958), and between July 28, 1957, and May 10, 1959, Berra set major league records by catching in 148 consecutive games and accepting 950 chances without making an error.

Yogi was a master at calling pitches and handling a pitching staff. He caught two no-hitters by Allie Reynolds in 1951 and Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. He treated every Yankee pitcher differently; some he goaded and some he babied, depending on their temperament. An excellent, cat-like athlete, he was also a good defensive left fielder late in his career.

As a slugger, he was feared throughout the league. Berra American League records for home runs hit while playing catcher with his 30 home runs in both 1952 and 1956 and his 306 lifetime (these were later broken by Carlton Fisk). He also had five 100-RBI seasons. Between 1949 and 1955, when he was the heart of the Yankees' batting order, he led the club in RBI each season and won three MVP awards.

Berra was one of the greatest clutch hitters of all time, "the toughest man in the league in the last three innings," according to Paul Richards, a rival manager. Along with Roberto Clemente, Berra was probably the best bad-ball hitter in the game's history. He was skilled at golfing low pitches for deep home runs and chopping high pitches for line drives. Yet for all his aggressiveness at the plate, he was hard to strike out. In 1950, he fanned only 12 times in 597 at-bats.

As Lawrence Peter Berra had a way with the bat, so does he have a way with words. One of Berra's first notable quotes came in 1947, when the people of his hometown St. Louis threw Berra a "night" before a Yankees-Browns game. Grateful, Berra told the crowd: "I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary." He once said of a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded." And as a veteran, he noted, "I've been with the Yankees 17 years, watching games and learning. You can see a lot by observing." "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore," was his pithy comment on inflation. When asked as a child how he liked school he replied: "Closed." His colorful expressions that got to the heart of things became known as "Yogi-isms."

After playing briefly in the Yankee farm system, Berra enlisted in the navy in 1944. After his discharge in 1946 he reported to the Yankees' Newark club in the International League. He had a great year (.314, 15 HRs, 59 RBI in only 277 at-bats) and was called across the Hudson.

Berra came up as an outfielder before being converted to catcher, and he shared New York's catching duties with Aaron Robinson at first, and later with Gus Niarhos, before becoming the Yankees' regular catcher from 1949 to 1959. Except for a few games with the Mets in 1965, Berra played his entire career as a Yankee, serving as an outfielder and pinch hitter as well as catcher in 1960-63.

When his career was over, Berra had played on a record ten World Series champions. He also played in an unmatched 14 World Series and holds WS records for games (75), at-bats (259), hits (71), and doubles (10).

Berra was named the Yankees' manager for the 1964 season, the final season of the mighty New York dynasty. The Yankees won the pennant but were defeated by St. Louis in a seven-game World Series. The day after the Series ended, the Yankees fired Berra and hired St. Louis Manager Johnny Keane. New York finished sixth in 1965.

Berra, meanwhile, rejoined Stengel with the Mets. He took over as the Mets' manager when Gil Hodges died suddenly in 1972 and led them to the NL pennant in 1973, thus joining Joe McCarthy as the second manager to win pennants in both leagues.

In 1976 Berra returned to the Yankees as a coach, and he managed the club again in 1984 and the beginning of 1985. He later coached for Houston. Wherever he goes, Berra remains one of baseball's most popular figures.