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Looking Back at Berra's Most Famous 'Yogi-isms'



    From the Archives: 'It's Not Over Til It's Over' and More Yogi Clips From Over the Years

    See a compilation of some highlights from Bruce Beck's interviews with Yogi Berra over the years. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015)

    "I really didn't say everything I said."

    Yogi Berra, who died Tuesday at 90, was known for his on field successes as a catcher with the Yankees and as the skipper of both the Bronx Bombers and the cross-town Mets. But it may be his "Yogi-isms", charming and perplexing quotes, that will live on for generations.

    Here are some of the so-called philosopher king of baseball's most famous quotes:

    On his team's diminishing pennant chances: "It ain't over 'till it's over."

    On his approach to at-bats: "You can't think and hit at the same time."

    On selecting a restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

    On economics: "A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."

    On the 1973 Mets: "We were overwhelming underdogs."

    On how events sometimes seem to repeat themselves "It's deja vu all over again!"

    On baseball attendance: "If people don't come to the ballpark, how are you gonna stop them?"

    On a slipping batting average: "Slump? I ain't in no slump. ... I just ain't hitting."

    On travel directions: "When you come to a fork in the road take it."

    On pregame rest: "I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4."

    On battling the shadows in left field at Yankee Stadium: "It gets late early out there."

    On fan mail: "Never answer an anonymous letter."

    On being told he looked cool: "You don't look so hot yourself."

    On being asked what time it was: "You mean now?"

    On being given a day in his honor: "Thank you for making this day necessary."

    On a spring training drill: "Pair off in threes."

    On his approach to playing baseball: "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."

    On death: "Always go to other people's funerals. Otherwise they won't go to yours."

    On learning: "You can observe a lot by watching."

    On the fractured syntax attributed to him: "I really didn't say everything I said."

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