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Nov. 1st, 2015 | 09:53 pm

I only just realized that Yogi Berra died a couple of weeks ago, in late September. I'm by no means a baseball fan (if I were, I'd have learned about this sooner), but having read one of this books, I appreciated Yogi's attitude towards and insights into life. He was a good guy — and though death is hardly unexpected at the ripe old age of 90, it's still a shame to see him go. So here's to you, Yogi.

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ungulata

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from: ungulata
date: Nov. 4th, 2015 12:32 am (UTC)
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I'm such a sport luddite that I always thought he was a football coach. Turns out he was a baseball catcher. Was Yogi Bear named after him?

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Nov. 4th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
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Not sure. According to Wikipedia:

Yogi's name was similar to that of contemporary baseball star Yogi Berra, who was known for his amusing quotes, such as "half the lies they tell about me aren't true." Berra sued Hanna-Barbera for defamation, but their management claimed that the similarity of the names was just a coincidence. Berra withdrew his suit, but the defense was considered implausible and sources now report that Berra was the inspiration for the name. At the time Yogi Bear first hit TV screens, Yogi Berra was a household name.

Yogi Berra himself acquired his nickname after friends observed that he looked rather like an Indian yogi they'd seen on TV when sitting down and watching intently.

And yeah, baseball, though he was also a coach and a manager later in his career, not just a player.



Edited at 2015-11-04 12:48 am (UTC)

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ungulata

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from: ungulata
date: Nov. 4th, 2015 11:13 am (UTC)
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Good sleuthing there, Schnee. 8^) So I wasn't quite as far out in left field as I'd thought.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Nov. 4th, 2015 11:18 am (UTC)
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Thanks. :) And I just realized I forgot to actually link to the article — it's from the one on Yogi Bear.

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