What Came Out Of Baseball Legend's Mouth Was As Memorable As His Play On The Field

By Daniel Friedman
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Yogi Berra passed away at the age of 90 on Tuesday. He is among the classiest and most-quoted athletes in sports history. His famous “Yogisms” seem to pop up all the time, though some are perhaps less appreciated.

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In Yogi’s memory, here are my 10 favorites:

10. “A lot of guys go, ‘Hey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.’ I tell ’em, ‘I don’t know any.’ They want me to make one up. I don’t make ’em up. I don’t even know when I say it. They’re the truth. And it is the truth. I don’t know.”

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Hall of Famer Yogi Berra sits on the bench before a Yankees game in 2008. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

9. “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”

circa 1955: Portrait of Yogi Berra in his New York Yankees uniform with a baseball glove under his arm, New York City. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1955: Portrait of Yogi Berra in his New York Yankees uniform with a baseball glove under his arm, New York City. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

8. “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

7. “I never said most of the things I said.”

6. “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.”

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Yankees legend Yogi Berra arrives at NIAF's 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala on Oct. 13, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)

Yankees legend Yogi Berra arrives at NIAF’s 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala on Oct. 13, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images)

5. “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

4. “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”

Pitcher Don Larsen and catcher Yogi Berra hug after perfect game in 1956 World Series, Oct. 8, 1956 (credit: Library Of Congress)

Pitcher Don Larsen and catcher Yogi Berra hug after perfect game in 1956 World Series, Oct. 8, 1956 (credit: Library Of Congress)

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

2. “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Yogi Berra at the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Yogi Berra at the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

1. “If the world were perfect, it wouldn’t be.”

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RIP, Yogi.