Famous Yogi Berra Quotes

Yogi Berra (Lawrence Peter Berra, born May 12, 1925) is a former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager.  He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–1965) for the New York Yankees.  Berra is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history.

Berra, who quit school after the 8th grade, has a tendency toward malapropism and fracturing the English language.  “It ain’t over till it’s over” is arguably his most famous example, often quoted.

Here are the most famous quotes by Yogi Berra:

  • “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
  • “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t go to yours.”
  • “Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.”
  • “Baseball is 90% mental.  The other half is physical.”
  • For a spring training drill, Yogi instructed his players to: “Pair off in 3’s.”
  • “How can you hit and think at the same time?”
  • “I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field).  They had bags over their heads.”
  • “I don’t want to make the wrong mistake.”
  • “I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.”
  • “I really didn’t say everything I said.” — Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his.
  • “I usually take a 2 hour nap from 1 to 4.”
  • “If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”
  • “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
  • “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia.  Let them walk to school like I did.”
  • “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice.  In practice there is.”
  • Interviewer – “Why, you’re a fatalist!” – Yogi Berra – “You mean I save postage stamps? Not me.”
  • “It ain’t over till it’s over.” — In July 1973, when Berra’s Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East; the Mets rallied to win the division title on the final day of the season.
  • “It’s déjà vu all over again.” — Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the Yankees’ seasons in the early 1960s.[“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
  • “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”
  • Mrs. Lindsay – “You certainly look cool.” – Yogi Berra – “Thanks, you don’t look so hot yourself.”
  • “Never answer an anonymous letter.”
  • “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” — On why he no longer went to Ruggeri’s, a St. Louis restaurant.
  • Reporter: “What would you do if you found a million dollars?” Yogi: “If the guy was poor, I’d give it back.”
  • “Thank you for making this day necessary.” — On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet.
  • “That ain’t the way to spell my name.” –After he got a check that read ‘Pay to bearer’.
  • “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
  • “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
  • When asked what time it is: “Do you mean now?”
  • “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” — When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which is accessible by two routes.
  • “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”
  • “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
  • “You give 100% in the first half of the game, and if that isn’t enough, in the second half you give what’s left.”
  • “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.”
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