A Sailor's Story: Seaman Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra

Baseball legend Yogi Berra was born Lorenzo Pietro on May 12, 1925, in St. Louis, Missouri.

He served during World War II aboard the USS Bayfield as a gunner mate before starting Seaman Yogi Berra's career with the New York Yankees in 1946.

A phenomenal ballplayer, Seaman Yogi Berra played 14 world series, 10 world champions, and won MVP three times.  He also hit the first-pitch home run in a World Series.

Retiring from a baseball-playing Seaman, Yogi Berra stayed with the sport by managing the New York Yankees, New York Mets, and the Houston Astros.  Seaman Yogi Berra was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

The cartoon character Yogi Bear is named in his honor.  He received the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2015 (posthumously)


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