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NEW YORK (Web Desk) – American baseball legend Yogi Berra, who said to have inspired the cartoon character Yogi Bear, has died at the age of 90.


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The Yogi Berra Museum announced that the Hall of Fame catcher had died on Tuesday evening.

Berra spent almost all of his 19-year career with the New York Yankees. He was a three-time Most Valuable Player and 13-time World Series champion.

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He was also known for his humorous and paradoxical quotes.

They included “it ain’t over till it’s over” and “it’s like deja-vu all over again”.

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Tributes have already begun to pour in from the world of baseball, the BBC reported.

The New York Yankees tweeted simply: “We have lost an icon.”

Major League Baseball tweeted: “We mourn the passing of Yankees icon and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.”

LA Angels slugger Shane Victorino tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers to the Berra Family!!! Yogi you were an icon and legend to us all who play this amazing game of baseball.”

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Berra launched a defamation lawsuit over the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Yogi Bear, although he later withdrew it.

The management said the name was a coincidence, but it was widely believed he was the inspiration.

Berra was born Lawrence Peter to Italian immigrants in 1925. He was said to have been given the nickname Yogi by a friend who saw him sitting cross-legged and looking like a meditating yogi.

Among his career highlights were 15-straight MLB All-Star Game appearances.

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He played alongside fellow Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle in the star Yankees outfit.

In 1956 he caught the only perfect game – for pitcher Don Larsen – that has ever been achieved in a World Series match-up.

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After finishing playing he managed the Yankees and New York Mets to league pennants.