“It’s like deja vu all over again.” Yogi commenting on Mantle and Maris hitting back to back home runs frequently in the 1960’s.
“We made too many wrong mistakes.” Yogi commenting on how the Pirates stunned the Yankees to win the 1960 World Series. (logic: there can be right mistakes)
“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
“I’d find the fellow who lost it, and, if he was poor, I’d return it.” — When asked what he would do if he found a million dollars.
“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
“If the fans don’t come out to the ball park, you can’t stop them.”
“If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.”
“I take a two hour nap, from one o’clock to four.”
“If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.”
Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his: “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
“The future ain’t what it use to be.”
“90% of the putts that are short don’t go in.”
“You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”
“I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.
”On why he no longer went to Ruggeri’s, a St. Louis restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”
“I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
Slump? I ain’t in no slump. I just ain’t hitting.”
“We have deep depth.”
“All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”
When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which is accessible by two routes because it’s a circle: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.“
“A home opener is always exciting, no matter if it’s home or on the road.”
Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
“Do you mean now?” Yogi’s response to Rube Walker, Mets pitching coach, while flying.
“Never answer anonymous letters.”
Yogi Berra Appreciation Day in hometown St. Louis 1947 “Thank you for making this day necessary.”
“The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”
“I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat, and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?”
“Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”
“90% of the game is half mental.”
“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.”
“No, you didn’t wake me up. I had to get up to answer the phone anyway.”
“I don’t know (if they were men or women running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.”
“It gets late early out there.” (talking about the sun in left field)
“Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?” -Carmen Berra, Yogi’s wife. “Surprise me.” – Yogi
“It ain’t over till it’s over.” 1973 as Mets manager: In last place but in a tight divisional race.
“No, ma’am, it’s not even carbonated.” Yogi’s answer when asked if Yoo-Hoo was hyphenated.
“I can see how he won 25 games. What I don’t understand is how he lost 5.” Talking about Sandy Koufax.
(When bumped by a man carrying a grandfather clock) “Why can’t you wear a watch like everybody else?”
“We’re lost, but we’re making great time!”