By the early 1980s, Yogi Berra was already a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, a 15-time All-Star and a 13-time World Series champion. That, however, did not stop Berra, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, from working at the New Jersey racquetball club he owned.
"I can't tell you how many times people told me they would go to Yogi's racquetball club in Fairfield, N.J., and he would be there handing out towels to guests," said Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.
That image in a nutshell sums up the business career and ideals of Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra. Although he is best known for his celebrated career spent behind the plate for the New York Yankees from the late 1940's until the early 1960s, Berra was also a successful businessman thanks to qualities that were instilled in him by his parents.