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Yogi Berra
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Yogi Berra's background

Yogi Berra (Lawrence Peter Berra, born May 12, 1925 - died September 22, 2015) was an American baseball player, manager and member of Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame, noted for his peculiar, humorous-sounding statements. Most people have heard at least some of these statements, often without knowing the source.

In his youth Lawrence Peter Berra went to a movie with some friends associated with the neighborhood Stag Athletic Club baseball team on the Hill (in St. Louis).
We went to a movie one afternoon, and there was one of those yogi characters in the picture. Coming out of the joint, one of the kids looked at me, started laughing, and said: "Hey, Berra walks just like that yogi in the movie." I've been Yogi ever since.

As quoted in "Yogi Credits Dickey For His Climb" by Harry Grayson, in The Hendersonville Times-News (Thursday, November 22, 1951), p. 8.

Malapropism's or Yogiisms?

There is a famous "Malapropism" where, in a stage-play, a character named Mrs. Malaprop makes mention of "an allegory on the banks of the Nile".
Mrs. Malaprop's character presumably had - An Alligator - in her mind.
Or, rather, had it in her mind to say "An Alligator".

It is not really relevant to an understanding of - what 'a Malapropism' is - that "allegories" are, in point of fact, not native to Africa.

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Whilst many would suggest that Yogi Berra's diverting quotations and quotes are Malapropism's they are probably more precisely describable as being "Yogiisms".

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Yogi Barra quotations and quotes that qualify as being - Yogiisms


Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
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(On the 1973 Mets) We were overwhelming underdogs.
Yogi Berra

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The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
Yogi Berra

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Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise they won't go to yours.
Yogi Berra

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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!
Yogi Berra

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I knew the record would stand until it was broken.
Yogi Berra

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If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.
Yogi Berra

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If you don't know where you're going, you might not get there.
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We're lost, but we're making good time.
Yogi Berra

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It ain't over till it's over.
Yogi Berra

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It gets late early out there.
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Little things are big.
Yogi Berra

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Pair up in threes.
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We made too many wrong mistakes.
Yogi Berra

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You can observe a lot by watching.
Yogi Berra

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I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
Yogi Berra

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It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
Yogi Berra

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You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.
Yogi Berra

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It's like déjà vu all over again.
Yogi Berra

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The future ain't what it used to be.
Yogi Berra

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It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
Yogi Berra

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He must have made that before he died.
Yogi Berra

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I never said most of the things I said.
Yogi Berra

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About the quotations and quotes attributed to Yogi Berra.

Yogi Berra, christened Lawrence, is the Sam Goldwyn of the baseball industry. The late Goldwyn, a highly successful movie executive, was famous for his quaint and curious aberrations in talking:
Such Sam Goldwyn quotations and quotes include:
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"Gentlemen, include me out."
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"I can answer that in two words: im-possible!"
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"Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined."
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These lapses, known as Goldwynisms, were mainly the creations of the Goldwyn press department. And so it is with Berra - a public relations man, Jackie Farrell, of the New York Yankees, contrived most of the quips and gaffes attributed to the illustrious catcher-turned-manager.

Walter Moncrief, from "Yogi Berra's Humor - a Story With a Catch" in The Milwaukee Journal (Monday, June 17, 1974), p. 16.