Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Yogi Rememberance


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

There may have been a single TV at Ilion High School, installed there this mid-October day and placed in the auditorium center stage during the 1960 World Series.  Students with study hall were excused from class to go to the auditorium and watch a baseball game.  It was the seventh game of the Fall Classic... an afternoon game (before the money-changers ran the game)... and I remember Yogi coming to bat in a later inning.  The Yankees were behind the Pirates... as Yogi walked to home plate.  Some of the kids seated around me gasped... someone else should take this at bat (AB)... send up a good pinch hitter, etc.  But no, Yogi was left to stand in.  Don't recall how many baseballs were pitched his way - but that long ball Yogi hit into the stands is fondly remembered.  Everyone present cheered for Yogi's great homerun... even those who had lamented his plate appearance a few moments before.  The Yankees lost that game to Pittsburg 9-to-10 and the 1960 World Series was now lost too.  Disappointing to most, but fondly remembered are Yogi's accomplishments that October afternoon. Yogi's stats during the 1960 World Series: 22 AB; 7 hits; .318 BA; 8 RBI, not bad for an aged over 35 "old man."  Thanks for the memories Yogi.

Seaman Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra
USS Bayfield (APA-33) and
LCS(S) Rocket Boat Gunner
United States Navy
World War II Overseas Veteran
Veteran of D-Day
A "Gator Navy" Survivor
12 May 1925 -- 22 Sep 2015

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." --Yogi
Rest In Peace

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