Monday, April 30, 2012
Yogi Berra, the iconic catcher of New York Yankee fame, known for his Yogi-isms, is also the winningest man in baseball. He appeared in 21 World Series as a player, coach, and manager. In his 17 years as a player, his team reached the World Series 14 times and won 10 times. He was also an ironman. Over a seven year period during his prime years, Berra played in 100 more games than any other catcher in baseball. In that stretch he payed both games of a double header 117 times, seven times on back-to-back days. Makes my knees hurt just thinking about it.
The following story comes from a story by Joe Posnanski in Sports Illustrated from last summer:
"One time in Boston it was so hot that Berra decided to get thrown out of the game. The umpire that day was Cal Hubbard, a former football player who did not listen to much talk before throwing players out of the game. Berra figured it would be easy. So he made a few cracks. Hubbard didn't say a thing. Then, Berra started openly arguing balls and strikes. Again, Hubbard didn't say a thing. Finally, Berra turned and tried to show up Hubbard, the surest way to get thrown out of a game. Hubbard calmly said, 'Berra, if I have to be out here in this heat, so do you.'"