Yogi Berra Dies at 90

Johnny Lu

“Surprise me,” Yogi Berra said. “Just bury me where you want.” This was the baseball great’s response when his wife asked him where he would have liked to be buried when his time came.

Berra passed away on Tuesday at 90 years old.

One of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, Yogi Berra was a mainstay of ten New York Yankee championship teams. As a manager who led both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets to the World Series, Berra went on to become a widely known cultural figure who inspired many, including the creation of the famous, long-time cartoon character Yogi Bear.

Berra was also renowned for his limitless and unconditional supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms.

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

“Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours.”

Berra died of natural causes during his sleep at as assisted living facility in West Caldwell, New Jersey. His death was reported by the New York Yankees and the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.

No last name was ever needed for the baseball legend as the whole world knew him only as Yogi, his childhood and lifelong nickname.