New Delhi: One of the most enduring characters of baseball, Yogi Berra -- who inspired the cartoon character Yogi Bear, breathed his last on Wednseday morning. He was 90.
Regarded as one of the greatest catchers, Berra spent almost all of his 19-year career with the New York Yankees. He was a three-time Most Valuable Player and 13-time World Series champion.
Besides being a super-star in the field, the Baseball Hall of Famer was also noted for his humorous and paradoxical quotes, known as Yogi-isms. That famous qoute, "it ain't over till it's over" is credited to him.
After a decorated playing career, he went onto become a successful manager also, leading both the Yankees and New York Mets to the World Series.
Major League Baseball mourned the passing of Berra.
We mourn the passing of Yankees icon and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. pic.twitter.com/60mwHGj33R
— MLB (@MLB) September 23, 2015
New York Yankees said they, "have lost an icon".
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 23, 2015
Born to an Italian immigrant family, in a primarily Italian neighborhood of St. Louis, Berra quit school after the eighth grade, only to make a name for himself in the diamond.
He was one of only four players to be named the MVP of the American League three times and one of seven managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series.
Berra collectively appeared in 21 World Series and won 13 of them – as a player or manager. He was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.