COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The world of baseball is mourning the loss of an icon.
Yogi Berra died Tuesday at the age of 90.
Berra once said, ‘If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him’ and today, fans aren’t doing either. Instead, they are remembering his Yogi-isms and his legacy.
“My favorite line about Yogi is, is they said “we’re having pizza for dinner. He said ‘well, cut mine in 6 pieces, I don’t think I can eat 8,” fan Donald Freeman told News 10.
His plaque hangs in the Hall of Fame adorned with a wreath.
Fans stopped by on Wednesday to pay tribute to the legend.
A storyboard sits in front of his plaque, highlighting his career that spanned decades, to both allow fans to mourn and reflect.
The three-time MVP was a hero behind the plate for years. The All-Star owns ten World Series rings and is the all time hits leader in World Series history.
“Baseball has got to be fun you gotta have fun playing the game, which he did,” former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Terry Kieffer said. “He played it hard, but played it fair and he had a lot of fun.”
Hall of Fame President, Jeff Idelson had a close friendship with Yogi for 25 years, Idelson called the All-Star his friend.
“The essence of Yogi is that he meant something to everybody,” Idelson tells News 10. “He was sort of like one of us and I think that’s why we, as a country, mourn his loss.”
You can observe a lot by watching, Berra once said.
We watched and observed as a legend paved his legacy.
“I’m happy that America got to experience all that that there was about Yogi and all that he brought to the table,” Idelson says. “But it’s a sad day for baseball, for me, and for the Hall of Fame.”
While there is decades of history at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, it’s the Yogi-isms and his legacy that will continue to live on.