New York Yankee legend and Hall of Fame catcher Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra recently passed away at the age of 90.
Did you know that he once brought a lawsuit for defamation of character against Hanna-Barbera Productions and their 1958 cartoon creation Yogi Bear?
The legal case was eventually withdrawn as the defense was considered implausible but sources report that Berra was indeed the inspiration for the name.
The producers claim it was all one big coincidence but animation industry insiders think differently.
As an ironic side note, in the announcing of Berra’s death, the AP wire service mistakenly announced the death of Yogi Bear instead.
Like Yogi the ballplayer said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”