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Yogi Berra - Childhood In St. Louis

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Yogi Berra grew up wanting to be a ballplayer, but first had some serious obstacles to overcome. Born Lawrence Peter Berra and raised in St. Louis, Missouri by his parents Pietro and Paulina Berra, he had three older brothers who also were passionate about baseball. However, they were all needed to help support the family. Berra left school after the eighth grade and worked in a coal yard, drove a delivery truck, and pulled tacks in a shoe factory. But the Berra boys also found time to play baseball, roller hockey, soccer, and football together. With others from the "Dago Hill" neighborhood, they formed a YMCA team called "The Stags." Berra has described his brothers as talented athletes and explained that he was lucky to be the youngest boy. Since they had improved the family's economic situation, he was able to get his father's permission to try for a baseball career. One of Berra's friends, Joe Garagiola, went on to become a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and a broadcaster.

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over 7 years ago

My family has a photo of our dad when he played for the Staunton Poodle Lounge. We recently came across the photo and when our dad was alive he told us that Yogi Berra was also on his team. If possible c an this be verified? Dad's name, Frank Petsche. Thank you for your help!

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over 5 years ago

This Is Very Helpful yogi is one of my favorites i met him :)

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over 5 years ago

This Is Very Helpful yogi is one of my favorites i met him :)

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over 8 years ago

Looking at picture of Yogi and the Stags baseball team in the 3/15/09 St.louis P-D. Man on Yogi's left looks like my brother Bob Stapenhorst,a pitcher,born 9/28/1920, so he would be 5 years older than Yogi.He played Muni league,then USNavy team at Lambert FIeld Navy base with many Major Leaguers in service. After WW11, he signed with the StL. Cardinals organization as a pitcher. He died in 1975, and no one else in my family is living to ask. I would appreciate any info you could share. RW

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over 4 years ago

Hi i am in the fouth grade at norborne missouri. I am doing a report on u

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over 5 years ago

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