A three-time AL MVP, 10-time World Series champion and 18-time All-Star, Yogi Berra was one of precious few that achieved legend status while he was still living.
Adored by Yankee fans young and old, Berra’s exceptional life experience earned him affection from countless others, even if they despised the Bronx Bombers. A St. Louis native of Italian descent, Berra was raised Roman Catholic, stood a diminutive 5’7” and served with the U.S. Navy in World War II. His blue-collar work ethic also garnered respect, as he played more than 100 games in 14 straight seasons.
A 1972 Hall of Fame inductee, Berra was also named to The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players (1998) and the 1999 MLB All-Century Team.
“He knew baseball as well as anyone and he watched all of our games, but he didn’t like to overanalyze things,” wrote Derek Jeter in a Players Tribune article. “He loved simplicity. I think that’s why he often spoke in short sentences that were full of meaning. With Yogi, less was truly more.”
69 years to the day of his big league debut, Yogi passed away, but his words- affectionately known as ‘Yogisms’- are truly immortal. As with any of baseball’s best stories, the exact details are up for debate, but Berra was credited with a multitude of noteworthy quotes full of creativity, simplicity and charm- just like Yogi himself.
Here are just a few gems from the most quotable athlete in the history of sports: Continue reading
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ABCA to offer free Personal Liability Insurance for 2015-16
In addition to helping put on the most popular amateur baseball convention in the world, your ABCA fees going towards another intriguing benefit.
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) is providing $1 million in Personal Liability Insurance to all members in the United States beginning Sept. 1, a new membership benefit for 2015-16. Provided by K&K Insurance Group, this coverage typically comes into play when a lawsuit is filed against the coach for bodily injury or property damage. Continue reading
By Justin Brown
Fall is upon us, the sounds of summer have faded. For many players and coaches, the summer was full of days at ball fields across the country. For coaches the evaluation period is not over, but a transition is being made from evaluating prospective student athletes to solidifying commitments for their future rosters.
In the process of recruiting, the timeline has many different phases. One of the most important phases of the recruiting process is the “signing period.” In this phase of the process prospective student-athletes are able to sign their National Letter(s) of Intent. This is the end goal for the recruiting process as a student-athlete enters into an agreement with an academic institution. The National Letter of Intent website describes this agreement as follows: Continue reading
Advancements in technology have presented a unique opportunity for use in the world of sports, as high-definition cameras and computer systems have enabled several sports to implement forms of new technology in its officiating.
The game of baseball is not ignorant to this fact. Major League Baseball’s replay system has made a splash in this field, and most everyone who has ever had a Cracker Jack has an opinion on it. While some may not like it, it’s here to stay, and it may not be alone.
Here are some forms of available technology that just might be used in our game sooner rather than later: Continue reading
October is perhaps the best time of the year to reflect on the baseball season that was. Taking it a step further, this issue’s ‘3 up 3 down’ turns back the clock on three historically significant (and somewhat unbelievable) baseball seasons: