Yogi Berra (1955 – Bowman #168)

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was, in my opinion, the greatest
catcher in the history of the sport of baseball. He caught for 17 years (1946 – 1963) for the New York Yankees.  He was traded to the Mets in 1964 and ended his playing career with them in ‘65. He also managed teams from both leagues (the Yankees included) into the World Series. In his playing days, he was a 3-time American League MVP in 1951, ’54 and ‘55. He hit for an average of .285 over his career, with 358 homers. Berra appeared in 14 World Series (winning 10) and was a 15-time All-Star. I remember he would swing at anything, good or bad pitches. His uniform number (#8) was retired by the Yankees. Yogi Berra was inducted into the baseball Hall Of Fame in 1972 and he was voted to the All-Century Team in 1999.

Yogi Berra 1955 Bowman #168

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One response to “Yogi Berra (1955 – Bowman #168)

  1. Yogi Berra was the best catcher to ever play baseball, and the only catcher that could come close to Berra would be Johnny Bench of the Reds, much later than Berra played. Berra had it all and was on top of every pitch and play and was a friendly guy when off the field during interviews, etc. He will go down as the top catcher of all time in my opinion and was always a thrill to watch! Jimmy, we saw him play when we took a train from Rochester to NYC when we were about 13 yrs old, remember? All by ourselves! I would not advise a kid to do that in 2014 as the world has gotten so crazy and dangerous! Those were the best days of my life and do you think I realized it? The answer starts with an “N!” Nope, I sure didn’t! We had so much fun as kids and were always on the go doing something. No computers or electronic gadgets to occupy our time and sit on our rearends as we were ALWAYS doing something and always made our own fun! We played outdoors until “the streetlights came on!” Remember? Ha Ha! PG 11/26/14

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