R.I.P. Yogi! Legendary catcher Yogi Berra, a member of the Hall of Fame and a 10-time World Series winner, died at the age of 90 last night.
A loss that unquestionably transcends the game has sent all of baseball into deep mourning. Yogi Berra — Hall of Famer, all-time Yankees legend, three-time Most Valuable Player, master of misstatement and beloved international icon, is gone. Berra died Tuesday night at age 90.
The announcement came early Wednesday morning and was announced via the Yogi Berra Museum’s Twitter account.
His passing has created a void that cannot be filled, even by the myriad anecdotes — some accurate, others exaggerated — about him and the dozens of records he established. No American sports figure other than Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and perhaps Arnold Palmer and Joe DiMaggio was more recognized by the general public in the 20th century. And though his profile had become significantly lower in the last decade, Berra had retained a conspicuous place in the American consciousness. He was extraordinarily popular.