They used to say about Yogi Berra that the only way to pitch to him was to throw the ball under the plate! He was a guy who would go after any pitch,no matter where it was, if he felt he could get a piece of it, and more often than not he would get at least a double. Ted Williams once described Yogi's hand-eye coordination as the best he'd ever seen, which certainly accounted for this.
As a catcher, Yogi was one of the very best at handling pitchers. He knew his batterymates as nobody else could; he knew who just needed a steadying hand and who often needed a good goosing to get him going. I remember how he would get on Vic Raschi to get him fired up, yelling "Come on, Onionhead, is that as hard as you can throw it?"---which usually worked. He was easier on Allie Reynolds, perhaps because he knew about the Chief's medical problem---Reynolds was a diabetic and often said he had the "classic Indian disease"---and so never pushed harder than he had to. He never said two words to Ed Lopat---maybe four, those being "You pitch, I'll catch"---just settled in behind the plate and caught the crafty lefthander (with the proverbial Kleenex,maybe). And of course, there was that never-to-be-forgotten afternoon, October 8, 1956, when he caught Don Larsen's perfect game---something I will never forget because I was one of those 64,519 in attendance who were there and who saw all 97 pitches.
One of a kind. He will be very sorely missed.
Goddess of the Slider