Yogi Berra was one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history, but he was almost as famous for his pitches.
The lovable Berra, whose homespun philosophy transcended baseball to become part of the pop culture lexicon with sayings like "It ain't over 'til it's over" and "It's deja vu all over again", was a fixture as a pitch man in commercials for Visa, Miller Lite, Yoo Hoo, Aflac and many more over the years.
Berra, whose 10 World Series titles with the New York Yankees are the most of any player in history, died at 90 years old on Tuesday night in his New Jersey home.
After he retired, the 5-foot-7 Hall of Famer with the memorable first name and an eighth-grade education parlayed his hilarious wisdom into a career as a celebrity endorser.
Berra lent his name to everything from cat food to cigarettes to beer to athlete's foot spray. He also teamed up with the likes of former Houston Rockets All-Star Yao Ming and a then-unknown Jason Alexander in his ads.
Here are six of Berra's memorable spots from over the years:
Berra on Miller Lite: "It's got a third less calories than I probably thought I didn't even have." That's a young George Costanza in the background looking confused.
Yo? Yao? No, Yogi.
That insurance where if you don't have it, "that's why you need it."
Berra also did some commercials while he was still playing, including one you would never see a professional athlete doing these days: an ad for Camel cigarettes. ("Camels taste good and smoke mild," Berra says.)
A gloriously corny spot for Pringles leaves Berra saying, "I'll believe it when I believe it."
The lovable Berra was always good at selling an easy gag, like opening the freezer instead of the microwave in this Stove Top spot.
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