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
Sometimes a week might go by when I don’t think about that game, but I don’t remember when it happened last.
Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. It’s also a powerful motivator.
If I didn’t make it in baseball, I won’t have made it workin’. I didn’t like to work.
No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.
Talking to Yogi Berra about baseball is like talking to Homer about the gods.
~A. Bartlett Giamatti
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.
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.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
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.