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Things That Yogi Said

Yogi Berra didn't invent the English language. He just perfected it.

* - 80 percent of the balls that don't reach the hole, don't go in. - on golf

* - A good ball club. - on what makes a good manager

* - A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.

* - After accepting an invitation to dine at the White House this week: "I thought they said steak dinner, but then I found it was a state dinner."

* - After former Milwaukee Brewer manager Phil Garner told him that he had said a Yogi-ism: "What's a Yogi-ism?"

* - After receiving a check made out to "Bearer" for his appearance on Jack Buck's pre-game show in St. Louis: "How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don't know how to spell my name.

* - Asked if first baseman Don Mattingly had exceeded his expectations this season: "I'd say he's done more than that."

* - Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.

* - Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.

* - Dale Berra, former Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop and Yogi's son, on the comparisons being made between him and his father: "Our similarities are different."

* - Dining at an Italian restaurant, a waitress asked Berra how many slices she should cut his pizza, he replied, "You better make it four, I don't think I could eat eight.

* - Don Baylor, former New York Yankees DH, on Billy Martin and his predecessor Yogi Berra: "Playing for Yogi is like playing for your father; playing for Billy is like playing for your father-in-law."

* - Half this game is ninety percent mental.- Yogi Berra

* - He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.

* - Hey Yogi, what time is it? "You mean now?"

* - I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.

* - I didn't really say everything I said.

* - I don't know. They had bags over their heads. - when asked if the fans that ran naked on the field were men or women

"* - I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault.'
that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"

* - I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.

* - I usually take a two-hour nap, from one o'clock to four.

* - I want to thank you for making this day necessary. - on Yogi Berra Appreciation Day in St. Louis in 1947

* - If the people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's going to stop them.

* - If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.

* - If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

* - If you don't know where you are going, you will wind up somewhere else.

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

* - In baseball, you don't know nothing.

* - It ain't the heat, it's the humility.

* - It gets late early out there.

* - It's deja vu all over again.

* - Little League Baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.

* - Nobody goes there anymore because it's too crowded.

* - On a fancy White House dinner he attended: "It was hard to have a conversation with anyone, there were so many people talking."

* - On being asked his cap size at the beginning of spring training: "I don't know, I'm not in shape."

* - On being told by the wife of NY Mayor John Lindsay that he looked cool despite the heat: "You don't look so hot, either."

* - On Ted Williams: "He is a big clog in their machine."

* - On the acquisition of fleet Ricky Henderson: "He can run anytime he wants. I'm giving him the red light."

* - On the American League situation: "The other teams could make trouble for us if they win."

* - On the acquisition of fleet Ricky Henderson: "He can run anytime he wants. I'm giving him the red light."

* - On the tight 1973 National League pennant race: "It ain't over 'til it's over."

* - On why the Yankees lost the 1960 series to Pittsburgh: "We made too many wrong mistakes."

* - On Yogi Berra Appreciation Day in St. Louis in 1947: "I want to thank you for making this day necessary."

* - Reminiscing during a TV interview about New York Yankee battery mate Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series: "It's never happened before and it still hasn't."

* - So I'm ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face.

* - The game isn't over until it's over.

* - The other teams could make trouble for us if they win. - on the American League situation

* - The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.

* - The wind always seems to blow against catchers when they are running.

* - Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?

* - We made too many wrong mistakes.

* - When told by the New York mayor's wife that he looked cool in his new summer suit, Yogi said, "You don't look so hot yourself."

* - Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.

* - Yogi's wife Carmen: "Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I
do, where would you like me to have you buried?" Yogi: "Surprise me."

* - You can observe a lot by watching.

* - You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough in the second half you give what's left.

* - You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.- Yogi Berra

* - You should always go to other people's funerals, otherwise, they won't come to yours.

* - You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going because you might not get there.

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