|John Beradino and Yogi Berra on the set of General Hospital in 1963.|
On the field, Berra was regarded as one of the greatest catchers of all time. Over his 19-year playing career, Berra hit .285/.348/.482, with 358 home runs. He made 15 straight All-Star games and won three MVP awards during his 18 seasons with the Yankees.
Berra appeared in 14 World Series as a player, winning 10 of them. Both of those figures are a major-league record. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1972. The Yankees also retired Berra's No. 8 that same year.
Following his retirement, Berra was named the Yankees manager. He initially lasted just one season with the club, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series in seven games. After he was fired, Berra joined the Mets as a coach. He actually appeared in four games in 1965 with the team before finally transitioning into a full-time coach with the team.
Berra would eventually manage four seasons with the Mets, taking them to the World Series in 1973. The team lost in seven games. With the Mets, Berra compiled a 292-296 record. The Yankees brought him back aboard in 1984, but Berra didn't last long. He was fired just 16 games into the 1985 season after the team got off to a slow start. In seven seasons as a manager, Berra compiled a 484-444 record.
All of those accomplishments, however, might be overshadowed by Berra's vivacious personality off the field. Berra is responsible for a number of famous quotes about the game, including "it ain't over till it's over." He also said "baseball is ninety percent mental, and the other half is physical," and "love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too."
In the fall of 1963, he guest-starred on his pal John Beradnio's new soap opera, General Hospital. Beradino, a former Major League Baseball player turned actor, starred as Dr. Steve Hardy on the ABC drama. Beradino played with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Pittsburgh Pirates during his career winning the World Series with the Indians in 1948. Berra made $155 for his bit part on GH.
Berra is survived by his three sons, all athletes, and 11 grandchildren.