Casey and Yogi Reunite

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(November 17, 1964) The New York Mets today announced the signing of catcher-outfielder Yogi Berra to a two-year contract as a player-coach.

Yogi Berra’s tenure as a New York Mets manager was longer than his career as a Mets player. He managed the Mets from 1972-1975, leading the Mets to the National League pennant in 1973. As a Mets player, he appeared in only four games in 1965.

Berra had retired as a player following the 1963 season, his nineteenth with the New York Yankees. He was named Yankees manager for 1964 and led the team to an American League pennant.

The Yankees lost the 1964 World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Berra was fired two days after the World Series and replaced by Johnny Keane, who had resigned as the Cardinals’ manager.

As a player for the Yankees, Berra batted .285 for his career. He was an All-Star 15 times and three times won the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

In joining the Mets, Berra reunited with Mets manager Casey Stengel, who managed Berra and the Yankees from 1949-1960. In their 12 seasons together with the Yankees, Berra and Stengel saw the Yankees win 10 American League pennants and seven World Series championships.


In Yogi Berra’s twentieth and final season with the New York Yankees, he managed the Yankees into the 1964 World Series, only to lose in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was fired by the Yankees and replaced by Cardinals manager Johnny Keane (pictured left).

Berra’s return as a player for the Mets would be short-lived. He appeared in only four games, batting .222 before retiring again to serve as a coach full-time. Berra later managed the Mets from 1972 to 1975.

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