The sport of baseball is seen across the world as one of the most difficult games to play and I think Yogi himself put it best when he said, “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical”. Yogi Berra’s accomplishments on the field sometimes get overshadowed due to the legends that wore the same uniform as him. Many people see the Yankee Legends as Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig, Jeter among others. The New York Yankees have definitely been fortunate with the talent they’ve acquired over the years but put Yogi Berra on my Mount Rushmore of Yankee legends. Yogi Berra’s career was full of awards, honors, jewelry and trophies. Berra was an all-star in fifteen consecutive seasons and a total of eighteen all star appearances, along with three scattered MVP awards, and we can’t leave out the 10 World Series championship rings (which is the most by any player in the history of baseball).
Yogi is a definite top ten New York Yankee in the history of their organization and you could make a case that he is a top five (a case that I would agree with). Catcher is, in my opinion, the most important skill position in baseball, you call the game, you’re an undisputed leader, and you’re are the last thing in the way of the other team trying to earn runs. Runs lead to wins and therefore, preventing runs lead to wins. In my book, the most recognizable catcher in baseball history is Yogi Berra. So if catcher is the most important position to me, and Berra is the most decorated catcher of course he is a top five Yankee. Nowadays people associate winning with players like Derek Jeter, so just to put this into perspective Derek has five World Series championships and Yogi has ten as a player along with three as a manager or coach. I’m not trying to take anything away from Jeter, one of the classiest, best and most productive players ever but with Berra came banners and he is a huge reason for the New York Yankees 27 championship and 40 pennant banners. Yogi Berra’s wit and attitude charmed baseball fans for decades and his legacy will continue to inspire for many years to come along with the number eight, immortalized in Monument Park as well as Cooperstown, New York.