Sadly, it was announced today, Sept. 23, that the 90-year-old Yankees catcher Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra has passed away, leaving behind both an iconic baseball career and a permanent place in American culture. Known for his surprising and cleverly worded witticisms, Berra has enjoyed a reputation as an accidental philosopher.
Yogi Berra enjoyed a long and illustrious baseball career, most of which was with the New York Yankees. He was a baseball catcher as well as a manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in the MLB from 1946 to 1963 and in 1965, and he was an 18-time All Star, as well as a 10-time World Series champion. He is only one of four players who’ve won the American Leage MVP Award three times, and he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
However, he’s arguably most well-known for his clever turns of phrase such as “It ain’t over till it’s over” and “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
Below, some of Yogi’s most famous and funniest witticisms, to honor this late and great American icon.
1. If you don’t know where you’re going, you might wind up someplace else.
2. You better cut the pizza in four slices because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.
3. In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
4. I never said most of the things I said.
5. You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.
6. Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
7. You can observe a lot by just watching.
8. It’s like déjà vu all over again.
9. No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
10. I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.
11. The future ain’t what it used to be.
12. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
13. The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
14. I’m lucky. Usually you’re dead to get your own museum, but I’m still alive to see mine.
15. A lot of guys go, ‘Hey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.’ I tell ’em, ‘I don’t know any.’ They want me to make one up. I don’t make ’em up. I don’t even know when I say it. They’re the truth. And it is the truth. I don’t know.