Carmen Berra dies at 85; wife of baseball’s Yogi Berra

March 8

Carmen Berra, the wife of New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra, died March 6 at an assisted-living center in West Caldwell, N.J. She was 85.

The cause was complications from a stroke, the Bergen Record reported.

Carmen Short, a native of Salem, Mo., was a waitress at Biggie’s steakhouse in St. Louis when she met her future husband in the 1940s, before he broke into the major leagues. They married in January 1949 and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Yogi Berra, 88, was a 10-time World Series champion with the Yankees as a player, had two stints as the team’s manager and is an unofficial team ambassador, making frequent appearances at games and other events.

Carmen Berra was often seen at events at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey. The museum, which opened in the late 1990s, offers children’s educational programs that focus on sportsmanship and social justice in addition to showcasing memorabilia from Yogi Berra’s career.


New York Yankees manager Yogi Berra dances with his wife, Carmen, at a Baseball Writers’ dinner in New York City in 1963. (Associated Press)

Besides her husband, Mrs. Berra is survived by three sons, including Dale, a former major league baseball player; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

— From news services
and staff reports

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