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Iconic New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, an athlete as beloved for his folksy sayings as for his legendary baseball career, has died, the Yogi Berra Museum said early Wednesday.Berra, a 15-time All Star and 10-time World Series champion, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972 .Berra, whose real first name was Lawrence, was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1925 to Italian immigrant parents from Milan.He began playing baseball in the American Legion leagues and it was there that he picked up the Yogi nickname -- his friend Bobby Hofman felt he resembled a Hindu yogi when he sat around with arms and legs crossed while waiting to bat.Berra remained close to the Yankees throughout his life, attending spring training as an adviser until he was 87 .
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