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Yogi Berra Was Far More Than A Baseball Player


Childhood Hero Passing Evokes Many Fond Memories

By John Ventola

The death of Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra last night brought back many memories of my falling in love with the game of baseball in the mid-50s. It was a far simpler time, no Netflix, no video games, no cell phones, hell, no air conditioning. Just a grand game that led neighborhood boys to look for the nearest sandlot (open field) for a chance to throw, field, and hit. Yogi, a short, rotund, unorthodox looking athlete, who went on to play for ten Yankees World Champion teams, gave us all hope that one day we could do the same. Continue reading