Yogi Berra: Baseball legend dies at the age of 90

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Updated: September 23, 2015
Yogi Berra: Baseball legend dies at the age of 90

Yogi Berra, known as much for his quotable malapropisms as for his baseball career, has died at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum. The Hall of Famer was 90 years old.

Yogi Berra, who won 10 World Series championships with the Yankees as a player and was later a coach and manager with both the Yankees and Mets, has died.

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, which announced the news in a Twitter post early Wednesday morning, said the legendary catcher died Tuesday night. The museum said he died of natural causes.

A legendary catcher, Berra played for the Yankees from 1946 to 1963. In addition to his 10 World Series titles as a player, which is an MLB record, he was an all-star in 15 seasons. He won three American League Most Valuable Player awards during his career. He was also behind the plate for Don Larsen’s perfect game during the 1956 World Series.

Yogi Berra retired after the 1963 season and was named manager of the Yankees for the 1964 season. He led the team to the American League pennant, but the Yankees lost the World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was fired after the season.

He played briefly for the Mets in 1965 before joining the team’s coaching staff. As a coach with the Mets, he won another World Series ring in 1969. He later became Mets manager and led them to a National League pennant in 1973. The team lost to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series.

He later re-joined the Yankees as a coach and won World Series rings with the team in 1977 and 1978. In 1984, he took over as manager for the Yankees once again, but was fired in the first month of the 1985 season.

Yogi Berra feuded with then-Yankees owner George Steinbrenner after his firing in 1985, but later reconciled. The Yogi Berra Museum said he continued to attend Yankees spring training until he was 87 years old.

The Yankee and Met legend was well-known for some unique statements he made throughout his career both as a player and a manager. Among his famous quotes include “It ain’t over ’til it’s over,” which he said while managing the Mets in 1973, and “You can observe a lot by watching.”

Yogi Berra was married to his wife, Carmen, for 65 years. She died last year at the age of 85. They had three sons, who, in turn, had 11 grandchildren.

“While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom,” Berra’s family said in a statement. “We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.”