Thursday, May 12, 2011

Familiar Faces / Strange Places: Yogi Berra / Astros

Today is Yogi Berra's 86th birthday. In my opinion, there is no better way to celebrate than with a 1974 Topps card and Houston Astros rainbow uniform.

Yogi spent the vast majority of his baseball career in New York. He played in 2,116 games with the Yankees and 4 with the Mets. He was the American League MVP three times and has 13 world championship rings as a Yankee. He also went on to manage both the Yankees (twice) and the Mets, becoming one of six managers to lead both an AL and an NL team to the World Series. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Yogi spent a couple of years as the Astros bench coach in the 1980's, including the 1986 season where the Astros won the NL West and lost a heartbreaking NLCS to the Mets.


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