“1953 Bowman Yogi Berra” by Bowman Gum – Heritage Auctions. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons
Like many Yankee fans (and anyone who loves and appreciates baseball and good humor), I was saddened to hear the news of Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra’s passing on Tuesday at the age of 90. Berra was a familiar face to me, even from a young age, growing up watching Old Timers Day games on television and seeing archive footage of him in action. Yogi will forever be known to me for his quick-witted Yogi-isms, statements that make no sense but are still hilarious nonetheless.
I couldn’t think of a better tribute to convey on Allison’s Written Words than to share a few vintage commercials starring the great puzzler himself. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Two Vintage Commercials – Camel Cigarettes and Puss’n Boots Cat Food
Florida Orange Juice (1957)
Miller Lite (1987)
Be sure to look for Jason Alexander in the background, oh the irony that he was sitting next to a Yankees legend, when a few years later, he would be playing a character working for the Yankees!
And finally, who could possibly forget this?
With a tip of the proverbial hat and a nod to your wit, you will be missed, Yogi. A celebrated life may be over, the legacy (and wit) lives on.
Thank you, Yogi.