Do you know the baseball player who has been in both the Hall of Fame and on the All-Century Team while also playing in 15 All-star games? Well, I do, he’s Lawrence Peter Berra, known to many as “Yogi” Berra.
Lawrence was born on May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up on Elizabeth St., in a neighborhood called “The Hill”. His father worked in a shoe factory, and young Lawdie, as he was called by his friends, decided he didn’t want to do that kind of work so he picked up sports. He found out that he was actually good at it and could play as well as or better than any kid in the neighborhood.
He got his nickname “Yogi” from his friend Bobby Hofman when they went to a movie about India. They saw this old swami who was called Yoga and so his friends started to call him Yoga and it soon turned into Yogi. For the record “Yogi Bear” (the cartoon) got its name from Yogi Berra, not the other way around. Yogi only went to school through the 8th grade.
In 1942 Yogi was playing minor league ball. Yogi’s friend Joe Garagiola was offered
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