Yogi Berra was a master with words and the king of the hilarious malapropism. Since the war hero and Yankee legend passed, his classic quotes have been used to memorialize the amazing gentleman.
Everyone’s familiar with “it ain’t over till it’s over” and how “baseball is 90% mental” and “the other half is physical.”
Johnny Bench, himself a Hall of Fame catcher, shared a telegram he received from Berra when Bench broke Yogi’s all-time home run record for the position.
In case you missed it, the vintage Yogi line is “I always thought the record would stand until it was broken.”
While we get caught up in Yogi’s magnificence with words and his excellence on the field, especially the World Series, where his name litters the records, his service to his country in World War II is of particular note.
Berra served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he served as a gunner’s mate on the attack transport USS Bayfield during the D-Day invasion of France. A Second Class Seaman, Berra was one of a six-man crew on a Navy rocket boat, firing machine guns and launching rockets at the German defenses atOmaha Beach. He was fired upon, but was not hit, and later received several commendations for his bravery. During an interview on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, Yogi confirmed that he was also sent to Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion as well.
It’s only fitting we end with words of wisdom from the great American himself:
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.