Hall of Fame baseball legend and famous wordsmith Yogi Berra turns 90 years old today. The birthday boy’s roster of Major League accomplishments—three MVP awards,15 All-Star game appearances and a dozen World Series home runs, to name just a few—pale, however, when compared with his legacy of pithy one-liners, endearingly referred to as Yogi-isms.
Witticisms like “it ain’t over ’til it’s over” helped catapult the catcher, manager and coach to icon status. As the world celebrates the beloved nonagenarian today, Berra’s Yogi-isms are once again held high on the pedestal of American culture. And rightfully so. Here, then, is a look at some Yogi-isms that, when viewed through the right (sticky, smudged, stepped-on) lenses, helped shape a generation of parents.