This Week in 1960s Baseball
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.
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.