April 12, 2021

Tim Kurkjian’s Baseball Fix – The time Yogi Berra threw his cigarettes at George Steinbrenner (ESPN)


You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we’ll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.

ON THIS DATE IN 1925, Yogi Berra was born.

There is some truth to the story that before the 1947 season, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey and Yankees owner Dan Topping at least considered a trade of Ted Williams for Joe DiMaggio. The owners decided to sleep on the possibility but made no progress the next day, especially when Yawkey, said, in essence, “and maybe you could throw in that little catcher.”

That little catcher was Yogi Berra. He became, in my mind, the second-best catcher ever, after Johnny Bench. Berra won more rings as a player –10 — than anyone else in baseball history. He won three MVP awards and finished second in the voting two other times. He was a tremendous clutch hitter and one of the best power/contact hitters ever: He hit 358 homers and struck out 414 times. In 1950, Berra hit 28 homers and struck out 12 times.

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And, in the minor leagues, he had 23 RBIs in a doubleheader.

“With only one home run,” he told me. “But, every time I came up, the bases…

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