Yogi Berra – His New York Mets Playing Career 1965

yogi-berraDespite leading the Yankees to the 1964 American League Pennant, Yogi Berra was unceremoniously let go as manager after the season.  Following his dismissal, he joined the Mets coaching staff for the 1965 season.  Considered by many to be the greatest catcher to ever play the game, Berra was activated by the Mets at the end of April.  He made his Mets playing debut on May 1 as a pinch hitter for pitcher Jim Bethke.  Berra would appear in a total of 4 games for the Mets, 2 as starter, before being released in the middle of May.  In his 4 appearances Berra batted .222 (2 for 9).  Both his hits came in the same game on May 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies

Following his release Berra returned to the Mets coaching staff and stayed with the organization until 1975.  During that span, he also served as manager from 1972 to 1975.

Yogi Berra was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

While playing for the Mets Berra wore number 8.

Yogi Berra also played for the New York Yankees from 1946-1963.

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