The New York Daily News and other outlets report that Carmen Berra, the wife of New York Yankees' Hall of Famer Yogi Berra for the past 65 years, has died from complications after a stroke. She was 85. Together the Berras raised three sons (including Dale Berra, who also played in the majors) and they have 11 grandchildren. Yogi turns 89 on May 12.
The story indicates that Yogi, who also frequents spring training as an instructor for his old team, was able to spend some time with Carmen on Thursday before she died. It's hard to imagine losing someone you've known, and to whom you've been so close, for all of that time. The official Yankees statement, shortly but sweetly given by Hal Steinbrenner, reflects that conundrum.
Berra made himself famous not only for his baseball career — he's perhaps one of the two or three best catchers in history — but also for his funny personality. He'd flub words, mix up phrases, speak redundancies and be as funny off the field as he was skilled on it.Read More »from Yogi Berra's wife, Carmen Berra, dies at 85 after stroke — they were married 65 years