The baseball world lost a great talent and even better person late Tuesday night as beloved New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra died at the age of 90. Berra’s death was first reported by the Yogi Berra Museum Twitter account.
Berra’s career rivals that of anyone who has played in the Majors as the Hall of Famer was part of 13 Yankees teams to reach the World Series, and he’s a 10-time world champion. Additionally, Berra was named an All-Star in 15 consecutive seasons, and in 1999 he was among the 100 players selected to MLB’s All-Century team.
“Yogi was such a great inspiration for so many people and treated everyone with respect and kindness. He epitomized what it really meant to be a New York Yankee. His legendary achievements on the field was only outdone by his humility off the field. It’s been an honor to call you a friend, we will all miss you Yogi,” Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said in a released statement.
Mattingly spent the entirety of his 14-year career with the Yankees and wears No. 8 as tribute to Berra. Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda also offered kind words on the Hall of Famer’s passing. “Yogi was a very dear friend of mine. God is going to meet Yogi in heaven. We will truly miss him,” he said.
Considering Berra’s quick wit, Brandon McCarthy believes the catcher didn’t pass without a final clever saying:
I choose to believe that his last words were a doozy #Yogi
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 23, 2015
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner expressed sadness over the loss of such a positive and respected figure:
RIP to Baseball Legend #YogiBerra #8. Sad night for the baseball world to lose such a great representation of the game we all love.
— Justin Turner (@redturn2) September 23, 2015
Relief pitcher Chris Hatcher also shared his thoughts:
To land on D-Day, then have a hof career. We lost a baseball lifer today. You have my utmost respect. Hats off to you #YogiBerra
— Chris Hatcher (@handlebars41) September 23, 2015
The Yankees, other professional athletes and organizations have been among those to pay tribute to Berra on social media. He finished his career batting .285 with 358 home runs and 1,430 RBIs. Seemingly never at a loss for words, Berra’s humility and countless quotes will live on in infamy.