Past legend for Cardinals’ first pitch

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Yogi Berra, courtesy of MLB.com

ST. LOUIS- If anyone, current-day or from the past, could throw the first pitch on Opening Day at Busch Stadium, Yogi Berra would be the best option.

Passing on Sept. 22, 2015 at the age of 90, he is still a recently lost legend. While he is known for his 19-year career with the New York Yankees, he was born in 1925 in St. Louis to a family of seven Italian immigrants.

He dropped out of high school in eighth grade, instead playing baseball in the local American Legion league. In 1942, Berra was ready for the major leagues. The Cardinals did not draft him, instead choosing another player. Berra was quickly signed to the New York Yankees, and created his entire career there.

Known for his skills in catching and batting, Berra was an All-Star for 15 out of his 19 years playing. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, he still holds records and is admired widely across all baseball fans.

With his humble beginnings in St. Louis, it would be an honor for him to be able to return to his home after his success to open the season.

Keely Fresh

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