Yogi Berra was born on Tuesday, May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri. Berra was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 22, 1946, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Yogi Berra baseball stats page.
Yogi Berra Autograph on a 1995 Stouffers (#1)
Yogi Berra Pitching Stats
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Yogi Berra Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|1946 New York Yankees||38||$5,000.00||-||-|
|1947 New York Yankees||35||$9,000.00||-||Stats|
|1948 New York Yankees||8||$14,000.00||Stats||-|
|1949 New York Yankees||8||$19,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1950 New York Yankees||8||$24,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1951 New York Yankees||8||$28,500.00||Stats||Stats|
|1952 New York Yankees||8||$33,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1953 New York Yankees||8||$36,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1954 New York Yankees||8||$40,000.00||Stats||-|
|1955 New York Yankees||8||$50,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1956 New York Yankees||8||$58,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1957 New York Yankees||8||$65,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1958 New York Yankees||8||$60,000.00||Stats||Stats|
|1959 New York Yankees||8||$57,500.00||Stats||-|
|1960 New York Yankees||8||$57,500.00||Stats||Stats|
|1961 New York Yankees||8||$57,500.00||Stats||Stats|
|1962 New York Yankees||8||$57,500.00||Stats||Stats|
|1963 New York Yankees||8||$52,500.00||-||Stats|
|1965 New York Mets||8||$35,000.00||-||-|
|Yogi Berra Stats by Baseball Almanac|
Did you know that Yogi Berra was the first catcher in Major League history to win back-to-back
Most Valuable Player Awards
(1954-1955)? When Yogi and
won in 1951, it was the first year a catcher took the
from each league in the same year and when they both won again in 1955, they became the first set of catchers in their respective leagues to win three
Most Valuable Player Awards
. Additional Berra numbers of interest:
3 - Yogi Berra caught three no-hitters - July 12, 1951 ( Allie Reynolds ), September 28, 1951 ( Allie Reynolds ), and October 8, 1956 ( Don Larsen ) - tying an American League record (since broken by Jason Varitek and Carlos Ruiz ). [ Most No Hitters Caught Records ]
6 - Yogi Berra turned the most double plays in a season by an American League catcher six times in his career (1949-1952, 1954 & 1956). He also caught the most games eight times (1950-1957), recorded the most putouts eight times (1950-1952, 1954-1957, 1959), had the most assists three times (1950-1952) and had the highest fielding average two times (1958-195).
11 - Yogi Berra started eleven All-Star Games and was sent to fifteen Midsummer Classics , both records at the time of his retirement. No catcher has surpassed his mark for All-Star Game appearances, but Ivan Rodriguez did start a record twelve Midsummer Classics .
15 - Yogi Berra, who won the league's MVP award three times (1951, 1954 and 1955), received Most Valuable Player Award votes in fifteen consecutive seasons, tied with Barry Bonds and second only to Hank Aaron's nineteen straight seasons.
19 - Yogi Berra was a nineteen year old Second Class Seaman during World War II, one of a six-man crew on a U.S. Navy rocket boat, and took part in the Normandy Invasion on D-Day.
40 - Yogi Berra was ranked fortieth on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players in Major League history.
75 - Yogi Berra played in seventy-five World Series games over the course of his career, ten world championship teams and fourteen pennant winners.
85.61 - Yogi Berra was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, receiving 85.61% of the votes on his second ballot.
117 - Yogi Berra caught both games of a doubleheader one-hundred seventeen times in his career and at least one-hundred games across ten seasons.
Yogi Berra | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1972 ( HOF )
Yogi Berra is well known for his pithy comments and witticisms, known as Yogiisms . The Yogiisms very often take the form of either an apparently obvious tautology, or a paradoxical contradiction. In 1996, Berra received an honorary doctorate (Letters) from Montclair State University, which also named its own campus stadium Yogi Berra Stadium, opened in 1998, in his honor. Baseball Almanac likes to take a look "beyond the stats" and we hope you enjoy the following biographical information written by Dennis E. Yuhasz :
YOGI BERRA BIOGRAPHY
Yogi Berra signed with the Yankees in 1943 but his career really began in 1946 when he returned from a stint in the Navy and proceeded to tear up the International League playing for the Newark Bears. He hit a homerun in his first major league game following a late season call up. Yogi made the jump to the big leagues for good in 1947 splitting time between the outfield and catching as the Yankees won the American League Pennant. They faced the Dodgers in the World Series and defeated their cross town rivals with Berra becoming the first player to hit a pinch hit homerun in Series history. Again in 1948 he caught and played outfield and batted .305 with 98 RBI.
Casey Stengel took over as Yankee manager in 1949 and immediately tabbed Berra as his starting catcher and had former catching great Bill Dickey work with Yogi on improving his defense. He (Dickey) is learning me his experience, is how Berra put it. That season the Yanks began their run of five straight World Championships with Yogi, their offensive and defensive leader, becoming known for his clutch hitting and strong defense. He drove in 124 runs and scored 116 in 1950 and won the MVP in 1951. In 1952 Berra became the first AL catcher to slug 30 homeruns and went deep twice in the World Series. The following season Yogi reached the 100 RBI mark again (108) and batted .429 in the Fall Classic as the Yankees won their record fifth consecutive title.
Berra was now a perennial All-Star and drawing praise for his hitting and play behind the plate from fellow Yankees and opponents. To me, Stengel said, he is a great man. I am lucky to have him and so are my pitchers. Yogi was quick to understand the makeup of the Yank hurlers and was successful in getting the most out of them. They liked the way he called a game and his defense bailed them out of many jams. He springs on a bunt like it was another dollar, is how Casey described the quickness of his backstop. At the plate there was just no way to pitch to Berra especially with the game on the line as he swung at everything he could reach and usually connected. He is the toughest man in the league in the last three innings, moaned rival manager Paul Richards.
Yogi won back to back MVPs in 1954-55, drove in a career high 125 runs in 1954 and made it four straight RBI campaigns with 108 and 105 respectively in1955-56. 1956 saw the Yankees return to the top of the baseball world as they rebounded from their previous seasons World Series setback to the Dodgers by defeating Brooklyn. The icing on the cake for Berra was calling and catching Don Larsens game five perfect game, the first and only no-hitter in Series history. As the fifties wound down the Yankees continued to win with another Pennant in 1957 and a Pennant and World Championship in 1958. With age catching up to him Yogi began to catch less and returned to the outfield on occasion as Elston Howard emerged to become the Yankees regular catcher.
Berra had his last productive year in 1961 hitting 22 homeruns and combined with Howard and Johnny Blanchard to give New York a total of 64 dingers from the catching position in the year of the Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris Babe Ruth record chase. In 1963 he became a player-coach and when Ralph Houk moved upstairs to become Yankee General Manager the following year, he tabbed Berra to replace him as field boss. Yogi enjoyed immediate success as a manager leading the Yankees to the 1964 flag, but they fell to Bob Gibson and the Cardinals in a memorable seven game World Series. Shortly after the defeat Yogi was shockingly fired and replaced by St. Louis skipper Johnny Keane in one of the most bizarre managerial changes in baseball history.
Berra went on to rejoin old boss Casey Stengel with the National Leagues Mets and was a member of Gil Hodges staff in the Mets miracle year of 1969. In 1972 the Mets named Yogi manager after Hodges sudden passing and Berra led them to a Pennant the following year, becoming the second manager to win flags in both leagues, (Joe McCarthy was the first), but lost the World Series to the Oakland As. Two years later He was let go by the Mets and returned to the Yankees in 1976 as a coach for former teammate Billy Martin. That year the Yanks made it to the World Series for the first time since his 1964 firing and they followed with consecutive World Championships in 1977-78. Yogi once again became Yankee skipper in 1984 but was let go shortly into the next season. He finished his career as a coach with the NLs Houston Astros.
During his playing career Yogi Berra won three MVPs, was an All-Star 15 consecutive times, set a career homerun record for catchers since broken and holds or shares six World Series records. He played on 14 Pennant winners and ten World Championship teams, and was a part of seven more flag winners and three more World Series Champions as a coach and manager. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972 and remains one of baseballs most entertaining and loved figures.
During the 1947 World Series , Game 3 , Yogi Berra pinch hit for Sherm Lollar and hit a home run off Ralph Branca in the seventh inning, bases were empty, one man was out - the first pinch hit home run ever hit in World Series history .