NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Baseball fans across the country are mourning the passing of New York Yankees legendary catcher, Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra, who died on Tuesday at the age of 90.
Berra was a three-time American League Most Valuable Player; led American League catchers in home runs and RBIs in nine consecutive seasons from 1949 to 1957 and played in 75 World Series games, among other accomplishments, according to the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. He died exactly 69 years after making his Major League debut.
As famous as Berra was for his skills on the baseball field, he was equally known for being quite the philosopher. What has become known as "Yogi-isms," many of his countless quotes were head scratching, yet pithy lessons about life.
The Yogi Book gives the story behind each of Berra's famous quotes. Get it on Amazon.
Berra's "It ain't over 'til it's over" and "It's déjà vu all over again," could arguably be his most famous quotes, but even Berra admitted that "I never said most of the things I said."
That said, plenty of the quotes that are widely-attributed to Berra could be applied to business as well. Here are 14 Berra quotes most applicable for the business world.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
We made too many wrong mistakes.
You can observe a lot by watching.
The future ain't what it used to be.
Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded.
You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there.
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.
How can you think and hit at the same time?
I tell the kids, somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose. Just don't fight about it. Just try to get better.
Even Napoleon had his Watergate.
It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
It ain't the heat, it's the humility.
You don't have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it'll go.