Berra was regarded as one of the world’s few universally loved personalities. (AP Photo/File)
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Yogi Berra, a Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees whose mangled syntax made him one of the sports world's most beloved and frequently quoted figures, died Tuesday at the age of 90, Major League baseball said.Lawrence Peter Berra, known to the world as Yogi, was a tough catcher and a feared clutch hitter who helped the Yankees dominate baseball from 1947 to 1963 .On a team packed with great players including Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, Berra led the Yanks in runs batted in for seven consecutive seasons. After retiring as a player, Berra became one of only six managers to lead separate American and National League teams to the World Series.The Yankees signed Berra for $500 in 1942 and assigned him to the team's minor league affiliates.Berra was the catcher in one of the greatest games in baseball history, Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.A falling-out Berra had with George Steinbrenner, the Yankees' blustery principle owner from 1973 until his death in 2010, demonstrated Berra's steelier side.
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