This Date in Baseball History – May 11th

Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra is a legend of the position and one of the most decorated baseball players of all time. The three-time American League MVP and 18-time All-Star who got luckier the harder he worked hit a spot of bad luck on May 11th, 1959 – he committed an error for the first time in 148 games as a catcher.

Berra’s streak spanned three seasons of work behind the plate, from 1957 to 1959, and marked the best defensive stretch of the backstop’s illustrious career. In 2,080 chances over 325 games at catcher from 1957 to 1959, Berra committed just six errors for a .997 fielding percentage, and he caught 52% of attempted base stealers (91-for-175).

Mick Gillispie had more on the story during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s 17-13 win over the Jackson Generals Sunday night.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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