by Dr. Mark Hendrickson
Grove City, PA -(AmmoLand.com)- The word “icon” is overused these days, but it surely applies to Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra, who passed away yesterday at age 90.
His playing career was iconic, and he transitioned into a cultural icon in his role as amateur philosopher and author of droll malapropisms. Yogi was a key part of the New York Yankees dynasty that dominated Major League Baseball in the 1950s and early 1960s.
On a personality-rich team that included fellow Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, Berra was the most colorful and arguably the most accomplished, having won three American League Most Valuable Player awards (compared to two each for Mantle and Roger Maris), an all-time record of 10 world championship rings as a player (he won three more as a coach), and the distinction of having caught the only perfect game in World Series history—Don Larsen’s gem in 1957.
As a boy growing up in metro Detroit, I watched Berra and his teammates demonstrate repeatedly their superiority of my beloved Tigers. The games when the Tigers …read more