In addition to his sublime play on the diamond, Yogi Berra, the legendary Yankee who passed away Tuesday at the age of 90, was known for his memorable quips.
His quirky sayings helped sculpt his lovable image and made him a celebrity who transcended baseball, even though he sometimes denied having said some of the phrases attributed to him, once saying, "I really didn't say everything I said."
Whether or not he said them verbatim, one thing is certain: Berra's quotes have entered the American lexicon like few athletes before him and they helped make him one of the most beloved figures of his time.
As we remember Yogi, here is a sampling of some of the most famous sayings that have been attributed to the Yankees icon.
• Perhaps his most famous of all: "It ain't over 'til it's over."
• "Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
• On posterity: "I always thought that record would stand until it was broken."
• "You can observe a lot by watching."
• "If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be."
• About a St. Louis restaurant: "No one goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
• About the effect of the sun in left field in the old Yankee Stadium during late-season games: "It gets late early out there."
• About Bill Dickey: "He learned me all his experience."
• "If people don't want to come to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?"