The most quoted American in history is not a famed linguist like Noam Chomsky or a distinguished writer like Henry David Thoreau. Nor is it one of our more eloquent presidents, such as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln or Franklin D. Roosevelt. Our country's most quoted citizen is, by far, the great Yogi Berra.
George Mitrovich, San Diego
Congrats to Joe Posnanski on his story (Yogi Berra Will Be a Living Legend Even After He's Gone, July 4--11). I loved the way he focused on Berra's amazingly successful career and not just on his bizarre sayings. I also appreciate that such a glowing tribute was written while Berra is still alive. Far too often the only time readers can begin to understand a person's legacy and significance is when they read his obituary.
Jim Kienzle, Nashville
I have to admit, growing up in Texas in the 1980s and '90s, I knew nothing about Berra beyond his Yogi-isms. However, your article showed once again that in addition to talent, it is the intangibles like dedication and work ethic that separate the good from the great in sports and in life. Berra was definitely great—and now I know that.
Josh Batenhorst, Asheville, N.C.
I enjoyed reading your article and catching up with Roger Bannister (Sir Roger's Run, July 4--11), the first sub-four-minute miler. Bannister is a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the term: gifted, accomplished and humble. If the London Organizing Committee even considers having anyone else light the Olympic flame at the Games next summer, it will be making a huge mistake.
Goose Creek, S.C.