Lawrence Peter Berra

Lawrence Peter Berra (1925 - 2015)

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Lawrence Peter (Yogi) "Yogi" Berra
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, USAmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in West Caldwell Township, Essex, New Jersey, United Statesmap
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'It ain't over until it's over': Legendary New York Yankees catcher and D-Day veteran Mr. Yogi Berra and inspiration behind Yogi Bear cartoon dies aged 90

Lawrence Peter Berra was born in St. Louis on May 12, 1925, the son of Pietro, a laborer in a brickyard, and Pauline Berra. He grew up in 'The Hill,' or Italian district, with three older brothers and a younger sister.

Berra was forced to drop out of school in the eighth grade and go to work to help support his family. He took jobs in a coal yard, as a truck driver and in a shoe factory. He continued to play amateur baseball, which brought him to the attention of major league scouts.

In 1943, his first professional season with the Yankees' farm team in Norfolk, Va., was interrupted by World War II. He joined the Navy at age 18 and volunteered for duty on a secret mission – training to operate machine guns on a 36-foot “rocket” boat.

Yogi and his five crewmates provided cover fire on Omaha Beach, softening the German defenses to support the Allied invasion during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

Berra married his wife, Carmen, in 1949. The couple, who met in their native St. Louis, had three sons, including Dale Berra, who played in the major leagues as an infielder.

Berra, who won a record 10 World Series championships with the Yankees, died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum.

His family said: 'While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom. We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much to so many. He will truly be missed.'

On behalf of The Greatest Generations Foundation and its members, we salute you for your dedication and service to our nation. We will always be indebted to you.

Sources

  • 1930 United States Census, St. Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, population schedule, enumeration district 96-162, sheet no. 18A. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
    • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHJY-8CF : accessed 1 May 2017), Lawrence Berra in household of Pete Berra, St Louis (Districts 1-250), St Louis (Independent City), Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 162, sheet 18A, line 29, family 276, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1241; FHL microfilm 2,340,976.
  • 1940 United States Census, St. Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, population schedule, enumeration district enumeration district 96-615, sheet no. 12A. Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
    • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K7HD-RTD : accessed 1 May 2017), Lawrence Berra in household of Peter Berra, Ward 24, St. Louis, St. Louis City, St. Louis City, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 96-615, sheet 12A, line 27, family 226, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2206.
  • "Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Q4-HX9J : accessed 1 May 2017), Lawrence Peter Berra, 07 Jun 1946; citing Military Service, Lido Beach, Long Island, New York, United States, Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.
  • Terry, Dickson. "Baseball's Incredible Kid." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3 July 1949, p. 3G.


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1953 Bowman Color Yogi Berra
1953 Bowman Color Yogi Berra

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