It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over
Lawrence “Yogi” Berra died on September 23, 2015 at age 90. He was the New York Yankee’s catcher, a manager, an All-Star for 15 consecutive seasons, and a 10 time World Series Winner.
Berra’s death was announced via the Yogi Berra Museum twitter early this morning.
President of Montclair State University Susan Cole, is quoted on the school website saying, “The Montclair State community is deeply saddened by the loss of our longtime friend, neighbor and supporter Yogi Berra. We are proud that our campus is home to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. It will continue to serve as a lasting memorial to the outstanding achievements and inspiring sportsmanship of this legendary athlete and compassionate citizen.”
Berra is famous for his “Yogi-isms” and his quick wit on and off the field. Perhaps some of his most famous quotes are “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” “It’s deja vu all over again,” and “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
The Yogi Berra Museum on Montclair State University’s campus is free today in honor of his memory. There were news trucks as well as students and fans at the museum in quiet remembrance.
“I’ve been a Yankee fan for as long as I can remember, since I was born, really,” said John Valikus, “We’ve been to a couple Old Timers’ Days and we’ve seen Yogi at book signings here at Montclair State, and at Costco. His grandson was actually a student of mine. So I would ask him to bring home balls and get his grandfather to sign them. It was really great. But I think Yogi’s rapid decline happened after his wife passed away. It just seems like it really broke his heart.”
Many other fans and students mourned the loss of Yankees legend at the Museum by placing flowers at his statue outside.
Number 8 will always be remembered by baseball and non-baseball fans alike. Thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends, and loved ones.
As Berra said, “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”