Best wishes to native St. Louisan and Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra who on Saturday was forced to miss the Yankees' old timers day festivities after suffering a fall at his home.
Berra, 85, is reported to be in good condition with only bumps and bruises. But Yankees fans must be on edge about the well being of their greatest living legend after the loss of team owner George Steinbrenner and legendary Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard in the last few days.
In a playing career with the Yankees that spanned from 1946-63, Berra hit .285 with 358 homers and 1,430 RBIs while playing superb defense behind the plate. He won three American League Most Valuable Player Awards, finished second twice, third once and fourth once in the running for the award.
Maybe most significantly, Berra won 10 World Series rings in his playing days and was part of 14 AL pennant winners.
Sadly, Berra nearly missed playing for his hometown Cardinals instead of New York. St. Louis singed his buddy, neighbor and fellow catcher Joe Garagiola instead, allegedly because the Birds thought he was a better player. But, the story goes, that St. Louis GM Branch Rickey knew his was on his way out of the Cardinals front office so he tried to pretend he wasn't interested in Berra in order to wait to sign the catcher until Rickey joined the Dodgers organization. The Yankees beat Brooklyn to the punch ... and the rest is history.
Get well, Yogi.
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