Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HALL OF FAME #10: YOGI BERRA: CLASS OF 1972

Next up on my "Hall of Fame Inductees" thread we move onto 1972 and Yogi Berra, Yankee all-time great and all-around awesome dude:


Believe it or not Berra wasn't even inducted in his first year of eligibility!
In 1971 he only garnered 67.2% of the vote, so he had to wait until his second year to be inducted into Cooperstown.
Let's see, the man was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, a FIFTEEN-TIME all-star, and received Most Valuable Player votes every single year between 1947 and 1961.
Just awesome.
And while winning the M.V.P. in 1951, 1954 and 1955, he also finished second in 1953 and 1956 with a third-place finish in 1950 and fourth place finish in 1952! 
That's seven top-4 finishes in seven years!
Except for four scant games in 1965 with the New York Mets, Berra played the rest of his 19-year career with the Bronx Bombers, amassing 358 homers, 1430 runs batted in and a .285 average.
One other note about his amazing career: the man only struck out 414 times over 8359 at-bats!
YOGI!!! I love that man!

6 comments:

  1. Mickey Mantle cast a long shadow but that is a joke. He he wasn't Hall worthy the first year then who was? Based on your previous HOF-card posts I can't think of anyone that would have trumped Yogi.

    As Yogi would say about the HOF writers, "I made a wrong mistake."

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  2. Also, Yogi participated in 14 World Series and won 10 Rings.

    Plus, just like me, he loves that Yoo-hoo!

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    1. Actually I guess that would be 20 World Series and 12 Rings, if we include his managerial (1964, 1973) and coaching (1969, 1976, 1977, 1978) stints.

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  3. Excellent design. I like that you went with blue for '72.

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  4. That's a great card there, love the shot you used. Yogi was a 'bad ball hitter'. He probably just roped one to right off the bill of his cap.

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