Baseball stories hold cure for winter, the Olympics

All this Olympic stuff on television has prompted me to turn off the tube and read my baseball books again.

So many people complimented my column on Yogi Berra, I thought I would dip once more into my copy of “The Yogi Book: I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said,” published by Workman Press.

In the book, Yogi and his family track his famous quotes through his career and often pair them with photographs of the time. We can’t reproduce the photos, but here are a few of his most memorable sayings to take your mind off winter sports.

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.’

“Never answer an anonymous letter.

“I usually take a two hour nap from one to four.

Before the Mets won the World Series in 1969 Yogi called them “overwhelming underdogs.”

Once, when asked what time is was, Yogi said, “You mean now?”

Everyone probably remembers where they were when Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit the home run that sailed over Yogi’s head and the left field fence to win the 1960 World Series. Asked why the Yankees lost, Yogi’s response was, “We made too many wrong mistakes.”

Other Yogi-isms:

“You can observe a lot by watching.”

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”

“It gets late early out here.

“If the people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them.

Fans and friends here had a Yogi Berra Appreciation Day at Sports-man’s Park in 1947 and Yogi did not disappoint them.

“I want to thank you for making this day necessary,” he told the crowd.

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there,” he once said.

According to the book, Yogi’s wife once asked where he wanted to be buried since he is from St. Louis, lives in New Jersey, and played ball in New York.

“Surprise me,” was Yogi’s response.

Once one of his children thought the family was lost and brought it to his attention.

“Yeah, but we’re making great time,” Yogi said.

Jack Buck once gave Yogi a check that read “pay to bearer.” Yogi looked at him and asked: “How long have you known me, Jack? And you still don’t know how to spell my name.”

And of course, Yogi’s take on St. Louis weather is priceless.

“It ain’t the heat; it’s the humility.”