He fought in World War II and took part in the Normandy invasion. He'd been playing baseball ever since he was a kid and was already in the minor leagues before the war started. But the man who came back to baseball after the war was different from that younger, untried soul. The statistics are amazing. They're included in the slideshow below. His influence on the game and on the many players he coached, managed and played with is nothing short of phenomenal. It's so good to live in a time that lets us see what the man was like when he was at his peak and to watch his progress through life over the years. Of course, you'll find a sampling of Yogi's memorable quotes and oxymorons in the slideshow too. They are funny but also wise. I can't prove it, but I've always thought Yoda from Star Wars was based on the famous New York Yankee philosopher, catcher, manager, most valuable player, and acclaimed member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. (What? You didn't know Yoda could catch?) Consider this one: "Think! How the hell are you gonna think and hit at the same time?"
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