Yogi Berra and other coaches’ sayings – a good laugh.

While in Australia, I gave a graduation address at my old high school. A little town of only 1500 people, it’s a center for farming — wheat and sheep.

I flew in from China and while on the plane happened to read some of Yogi Berra’s quotes. They became part of my address and caused peals of laughter from the audience.

Yogi Berra was famous as a player and coach of baseball in the USA. He was a catcher who later took on the roles of manager and coach. He played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, all but the last for the New York Yankees.

Here are some of the best Yogi-isms:

“It’s deja vu all over again.”
• Yogi said arguably his most popular Yogi-ism after Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit back-to-back home runs during the 1961 season. Both players were vying to beat Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs hit in a single season; Maris would go on to beat it when he hit his 61st home run in the final game of the season.

“I didn’t really say everything I said.”

“We made too many wrong mistakes.”

“You can observe a lot by watching.”

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

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

“Pair up in threes.”

“We were overwhelming underdogs.”
• Yogi was talking to famed pitcher Nolan Ryan at the time, reminiscing about the 1969 Amazing Mets.

And a few more from other coaches and sports stars, who are unnamed:
“Line up in a circle.”

“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.”

“Line up alphabetically by height.”

“You made four F’s and one D? It looks like you’re spending too much time on one subject.”

“My sister is expecting a baby, but I don’t know yet if I’m going to become an uncle or an aunt.”

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The Gray Nomad ….. my favorite is “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. [Gospel of Matthew, chapter 7.]

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Don Compton
Don Compton
2 years ago

Ian…thank you for the Yogi Berra sayings and your singing with 1st graders in Austrailia.

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