Yogi Berra was a legendary baseball player for the New York Yankees. An 18-time All-Star, Berra appeared in 14 World Series as a member of the Yankees and won 10 of them.
Berraís contributions to MLB history are incalculable, but his legacy might be even better remembered for what he contributed to American language. A sportswritersí favorite, Berra had countless expressions and turns of phrase that were memorable because most of them didnít make any sense. (At the same time, every one had some truth to it.)
Berra-isms (colloquial expressions that lack logic) are now countless, and many of them are just attributed to Berra, even if he never actually said them. As he so perfectly put it: ďI never said most of the things I said.Ē Here are 50 of his best Yogiisms.
1. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
2. You can observe a lot by just watching.
3. It ainít over till itís over.
4. Itís like dťjŗ vu all over again.
5. No one goes there nowadays, itís too crowded.
6. Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.
7. A nickel ainít worth a dime anymore.
8. Always go to other peopleís funerals, otherwise they wonít come to yours.
9. We made too many wrong mistakes.
10. Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
11. You better cut the pizza in four pieces because Iím not hungry enough to eat six.
12. You wouldnít have won if weíd beaten you.
13. I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.
14. Never answer an anonymous letter.
15. Slump? I ainít in no slumpÖ I just ainít hitting.
16. How can you think and hit at the same time?
17. The future ainít what it used to be.
18. I tell the kids, somebodyís gotta win, somebodyís gotta lose. Just donít fight about it. Just try to get better.
19. It gets late early out here.
20. If the people donít want to come out to the ballpark, nobodyís going to stop them.
21. We have deep depth.
22. Pair up in threes.
23. Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.
24. Youíve got to be very careful if you donít know where you are going, because you might not get there.
25. All pitchers are liars or crybabies.
26. Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
27. Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.
28. He hits from both sides of the plate. Heís amphibious.
29. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
30. I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I donít understand is how he lost five.
31. I donít know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.
32. Iím a lucky guy and Iím happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.
33. Iím not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
34. In baseball, you donít know nothing.
35. I never blame myself when Iím not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isnít my fault that Iím not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?
36. I never said most of the things I said.
37. It ainít the heat, itís the humility.
38. If you ask me anything I donít know, Iím not going to answer.
39. I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. Iíd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.
40. So Iím ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.
41. Take it with a grin of salt.
42. (On the 1973 Mets) We were overwhelming underdogs.
43. The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
44. Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
45. Mickey Mantle was a very good golfer, but we werenít allowed to play golf during the season; only at spring training.
46. You donít have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, itíll go.
47. Iím lucky. Usually youíre dead to get your own museum, but Iím still alive to see mine.
48. If I didnít make it in baseball, I wonít have made it workiní. I didnít like to work.
49. If the world were perfect, it wouldnít be.
50. A lot of guys go, ĎHey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.í I tell íem, ĎI donít know any.í They want me to make one up. I donít make íem up. I donít even know when I say it. Theyíre the truth. And it is the truth. I donít know.