This famous was spoken by Yogi Bera which serves as a slogan for our Fake Quotes archive and, we think, deserves it’s own factual historic breakdown. This quote was in fact spoken by the famous American baseball catcher and, while funny, also deserves to be placed in a context like all of the other quotes on this site. Did Yogi Bera say it? Yes, but misquoted. This quote was in fact spoken by the Yankees catcher in response to a growing concern that many of the quotes attributed to him did not in fact come from him. However, the closest quote attributable to Yogi is “you’re not out of it ’til you’re out of it (Ralph Keyes) 1986 February 24, Newsday (Nassau and Suffolk Edition), “Color Yogi a Happy Guy; Now wearing Astros’ rainbow uniform, Berra’s relaxed, popular” by Steve Marcus, Section Sports, Start Page 92, Long Island, New York. This quote was made in an interview with Steve Marcus, a writer for Section Sports (a long-running newspaper based out of Long Island). The official date and name of the publication were February 24, 1986, Newsday (Nassau and Suffolk Edition), “Color Yogi a Happy Guy; Now wearing Astros’ rainbow uniform, Berra’s relaxed, popular” by Steve Marcus, Section Sports, Start Page 92, Long Island, New York.
Yogi Berra Said It. So What’s the Story?
Yogi Berra was famous for his quotes that, among other things, exposed his lack of education. Yogi, was held back multiple times from graduation throughout his early education career. One time, after failing a spelling test, his teacher who had grown increasingly frustrated with her student’s lack of interest in his studies yelled “Don’t you know anything?!?!”, to which Yogi responded, “I don’t even suspect anything.”
This was just the first in a myriad of paradoxical quotes that are attributed to him such as “No one goes to that restaurant anymore, it’s too crowded” and “Get in line in alphabetical order from tallest to shortest.”
This, albeit hilarious, quote became a staple of Yogi Berra’s personality and public perception. The contemporary example that’s most relevant might well be Forrest Gump, who, after nearly a half-hour of uttering nonsense said to Jenny the iconic line “sometimes there’s not enough rocks.”
Did Yogi’s seemingly limited intelligence ever result in such a mesmerizing distillation of current society? In fact…he did.
What have others said about this Yogi quote?
While the rare game that found the mighty Yankees trailing entering the bottom of the 9th, Yogi Berra found himself at bat working desperately to get on base to ignite a rally. After an extended at-bat, Yogi did in fact trigger a rally by getting on base. While the Yankees would come back and win the game, the game is perhaps most remembered for what an emotional Yogi Berra said after he crossed home plate on his way back to the dugout: “It’s not over til it’s over.”
A double negation that would seem to have no logical substance the quote nonetheless meant quite a bit to quite a bit of people. This began to lead people to ask the question that seemed impossible: is Yogi Berra really a genius? Writing for the Star-Ledger, columnist Paul Mulshine makes the case that Yogi Berra was a genius for his ability to use language in this way.
Given the scope of this website, it is an unfortunate fact that Yogi Berra will likely not be mentioned in future articles (or if he is it might not be for quite a long time). With that in mind, we’ll close this article with some of our favorite quotes from Yogi that utilize his clearly unique understanding of language. In October of 1963, Yogi Bera said “It gets late early.”
Finally, and perhaps his most cited quote, “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
While researching a profile of Berra for Sports Illustrated, the closest Berra remark Roy Blount, Jr., could find in news clippings was “we’re not out till we’re out,”