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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yogi Berra in memoriam.

Yogi Berra:
Photo of Yogi Berra
Born: May 12, 1925, The Hill, St. Louis, MO
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1972 (339/396 ballots). 
Died: September 22, 2015, Montclair, NJ

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr)) 
1947 AL (15, 5%) 
1948 AL (29, 1%) 
1949 AL (15, 3%) 
1950 AL (3, 43%) 
1951 AL (1, 55%) 
1952 AL (4, 31%) 
1953 AL (2, 50%) 
1954 AL (1, 68%) 
1955 AL (1, 65%) 
1956 AL (2, 55%) 
1957 AL (14, 5%) 
1958 AL (18, 2%) 
1959 AL (12, 8%) 
1960 AL (15, 6%) 
1961 AL (23, 1%) 
3 MVPs 

Greatest living Yankees by year 1925-2015. Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Based on their play for their entire Yankee careers...

Yogi Berra 1999-2015

Yogi did not strike out in 93 consecutive World Series at bats AB. Sunday, October 5, 2014

From Sunday, October 7, 1956 to Saturday, October 7, 1961 (ages 31.4 to 36.4) Yogi Berra did not strike out: in 93 consecutive at bats (AB) (including a SF in 1958) and 105 (106?) plate appearances (PA) in 26 World Series games...

Game 7 (1956): Yanks won 9-0.  Yogi went 2 for 3, scored 2, 4 RBI.  Against Don Newcombe Yogi hit two run homers in the 1st and 3rd, both following Mantle strike outs.  Yogi was intentionally walked in the 5th and 7th by relievers; the 7th inning walk was followed by a bases loaded home run by Bill Skowron.  Yogi’s final PA was a line out  to second base in the 8th with the Yankees leading 9-0.

Note: Wednesday October 10, 1956 I was eight years old.  My father was home watching WS game seven that afternoon.  I was home because my fourth grade class ended at 1:00 PM on Wednesdays.  I saw Yogi hit those two home runs off Newcombe.  Both walks were intentional.  When the Dodgers were walking Yogi my mother wondered why they were doing that.  My father explained that Yogi had was hot, having just hit two home runs.  My mother asked: well what are the chances he'll do that again?  My father was incredulous and said: but he's hot!  I understood ... and still do.

Home/Road splits: Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter. Saturday, July 18, 2015

Lou GehrigJoe DiMaggioYogi BerraMickey MantleDerek Jeter (except for four regrettable games and nine plate appearances for Berra with the Mets) played their entire careers for the New York Yankees, which means that they played all their home games in Yankee Stadium.

Yogi Berra and other managers in 7 game World Series. Monday, June 15, 2015

Yogi Berra has gotten a lot of attention recently, which caused me to consider that Yogi had managed two teams into the seventh and ultimate game of the World Series only to lose both.

Yankee starting lineups 1960 World Series Sunday, June 17, 2012

1. Yogi Berra played but did not start games 3 & 5 when Pittsburgh started left handed pitchers.  In game 3 with Yanks up 10-0 Yogi replaced Roger Maris in RF and later singled.  In game 5 Yanks down 4-2 against righty reliever Roy Face, Yogi PH (ground out) for Elston Howard and replaced Howard as catcher.

2. Yogi started the other five games and batted 5th: catcher in games 1 and 4, LF in games 2, 6, 7...


Home Run Proficiency: Piazza, Bench, Fisk, Berra. Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My first Yankee game:

Wednesday, September 3, 1958, Yankee Stadium I
Attendance: 13,627, Time of Game: 2:28
Yankees 8, Red Sox 5

Bottom of the 8th, Yankees Batting, Behind 3-5, Red Sox Frank Sullivan facing 3-4-5

M. Mantle - F. Sullivan Home Run

Bottom of the 9th, Yankees Batting, Tied 5-5, Red Sox' Murray Wall facing 1-2-3

J. Lumpe - M. Wall Flyball: CF
E. Slaughter - M. Wall Single to CF
M. Mantle - M. Wall Single to CF; Slaughter to 3B
Leo Kiely replaces Murray Wall pitching and batting 9th
Y. Berra - L. Kiely Home Run; Slaughter Scores; Mantle Scores

Yogi won it with what is now called a walk off home run.


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