New York Yankees History: Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over til it’s over!”

Mar 17, 2020 659

BY: William Parlee

Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra was one of the most popular New York Yankees of all time. He was a long time catcher, coach, and manager for the Yankees. Berra was born in 1925 of immigrant parents Pietro and Paolina Berra in the Italian neighborhood of the “Hill” in St. Louis, Missouri. His real name was Lorenzo Pietro Berra. To fans, he was just “Yogi”.

He learned how to catch while playing baseball in the local American Legion baseball team. While playing there, friend Jack McGuire saw a newsreel about India and he noticed that the Yogi’s sat with their arms and hands crossed, the same as Berra. He began calling him Yogi, and the nickname stuck. 

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