RIP Yogi, one of baseball's greatest players, personalities and all-time good guys.
I wish I had more and/or better cards to show off of Mr. Berra in remembrance; but, as a laser-focused Cubs collector, the one you see above from 2005 Fleer Showcase is all I've got. I suppose it will have to suffice.
Now, I certainly don't have to tell you, the educated baseball fan, just how great of a player he was. But, I will say that if he were a franchise, his 10 World Series rings would rank him third all-time, behind the Yanks and Cards. How amazing is that stat?
Besides his on-field abilities, Yogi always had a way with words. Here's a fantastic list of his best catchphrases - if you need a laugh, look no further.
And since this is a Cubs blog, here are some Cubs-related tweets offering their condolences:
His influence on the game obviously extends far beyond team allegiances.
And finally, I obviously missed out on watching Yogi as a player or even as a manager. Heck, he actually retired from coaching (with the Astros) the same year that I was born. So, my introduction to Berra was through my grandfather's stories, slabbed cards at the LCS and this particular commercial:
This still makes me smile - the Aflac duck's bewilderment just seals it for some reason. We truly lost an American treasure last night. Banks, Minoso and now Berra... time marches on.