Quote of the day

He isn’t much to look at, and he looks like he’s doing everything wrong, but he can hit. He got a couple of hits off us on wild pitches.

~Mel Ott, on underestimating Yogi Berra

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Mel Ott (ESPN)


Quote of the day

Sometimes a week might go by when I don’t think about that game, but I don’t remember when it happened last.

~Don Larsen

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Yogi Berra and Don Larsen (Wikipedia)


Quote of the day

Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It’s also a powerful motivator.

~Yogi Berra

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Quote of the day

If I didn’t make it in baseball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.

~Yogi Berra

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Quote of the day

No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.

~Yogi Berra

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Quote of the day

Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the gods.

~A. Bartlett Giamatti

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Giamatti (ESPN.com)


This day in baseball: Yogi joins the Mets

On November 17, 1964, Yogi Berra signed a two-year contract with the New York Mets as a player-coach for $35,000 per season.  He played only four games with the Mets in 1965, collecting two hits.

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Abner the Baseball

This little cartoon from the 1960s tells the story of a baseball, appropriately named Abner, and his journey from the bottom of a ball bag to the halls of Cooperstown.  It’s a fun twist to think about the game from the ball’s perspective, and I almost felt sorry for little Abner at times.  (On the other hand, Abner does have a rather melodramatic “woe is me” sort of attitude about his situation, which also prompts a bit of snickering.)

I love how the cartoon spins a touch of reality into the saga, even if the details are a bit sketchy.  The Mickey Mantle caricature is particularly amusing, as he carries himself in a manner that I’ve never associated with the real Mantle.


Quote of the day

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

~Yogi Berra

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Infographic: Catching: A History

I haven’t had a chance to do much more than skim all the information on this infographic, but what I’ve noted so far is certainly fascinating.  Click on the image below for a (slightly) larger version — though even then, you might still need to zoom in on it.

catching infographic