The city of New York has always had its favorite athletes and for fifty years, one of them has been Yogi Berra, one of the most legendary MLB catchers of all time. The news that Berra died has saddened many a fan of baseball, not only in NYC but country-wide, even though he died of natural causes at the age of 90.
As a player, he was a part of Yankees’ 10 championships, five of which in consecutive years. Over the course of his playing career, he was also an All-Star 15 times. In addition to this, Berra was the American League’s MVP in 1951, 1954 and 1955. When he retired in 1972, he had a career batting average of .285, 1,430 RBI and 358 home runs.
While he was still part of the Yankees’ minor league system in 1944, Berra did more than just play as he became part of the landing forces on D-Day in Normandy. These are all things real MLB fans do not forget. Fans of Berra (both baseball players and members of general public) took to social media to express their sadness and respect to one of the greatest Yankees of all time.
We mourn the passing of Yankees icon and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. pic.twitter.com/60mwHGj33R
— MLB (@MLB) September 23, 2015