[Ads-l] Berraisms?

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 19 18:43:07 UTC 2015

Excellent question about Yogiisms, Joel. Most of the expressions in
the Boston Globe article have been explored on the Quote Investigator
website. Links are given further below.

I had assumed that "Thank you for making this day necessary" had
already been thoroughly examined. But looking now it appears that
advances are possible. "The Yale Book of Quotations" has a 1967
citation for an instance together with Yogi's assertion in "The Yogi
Book" (1998) that he said it in 1947. A preliminary search reveals
that a version was credited to Bucky Harris by 1947 and to Yogi by

It Ain't Over Till It's Over
I have researched the above saying, but have not yet written an entry.
There is already valuable material available from Charlie and Fred who
have an entry for "It's not over till it's over (The game is not over
till it is over)" on page 186 of "The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs",
and Barry Popik has a valuable entry for "It ain't over 'til it's
over" on his website:


So I'm Ugly. So What? I Never Saw Anyone Hit with His Face

Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It

It's Deja Vu All Over Again


On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 12:19 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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> The article "A National Treasure", prompted by his 90th birthday, by Stan G=
> rossfeld (Boston Globe, May 18, 2015, p. C.1 & C3), has a number of alleged=
>  Berraisms.=C2=A0 Do they stack up against the investigators?
> Joel
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