Reporter Phil Pepe, who covered the Yankees during Berra’s career, perhaps summed up Berra’s wisdom best: “He has a native intelligence, an innate wisdom, and a wonderful way of cutting through all the folderol and getting to the heart of a matter,” Pepe wrote. “When he says something that seems funny, it really isn’t funny at all; it is wise.”
Berra himself always seemed to be a reluctant philosopher, and he told a reporter whence his witticisms came: “You see, I break up the English a little bit. I don’t mean to do it, but it just comes out that way.”
Here’s a collection of some of our favorite quotes that are attributed to Berra:
In giving directions to a former teammate who was coming to visit him at his home in Montclair, New Jersey, Berra accidentally injected a profundity that even made it into one of George W. Bush’s State of the Union addresses:
“When you come to a fork in the road: take it” ~ Yogi Berra Berra is the only man to manage both Yankees and Mets to the World Series.
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