Original story Posted on September 23, 2015  By Sam Wroblewski


Baseball legend Yogi Berra passed away Monday night at the age of 90, leaving behind a legacy as one of the greatest to ever wear the Yankees uniform as a player and manager.

Aside from his winning record, Berra was best known for his common sense one-liners such as, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it,” and “You can observe a lot just by watching.”

But one little known piece of trivia is that the famous ball player may have laced up his shoes and run the bases as an amateur player in Cranston.

According to blogger Edward Iannuccilli, Berra while in the service of the merchant marines and station in Groton Connecticut, would make the trek to Cranston to play at the stadium for the New England League team The Chiefs.

Quoting a book on New England baseball history, Iannuccilli writes, “[A] guy named Cusano kept hitting home runs for the Cranston Chiefs and few people knew that his real name was Yogi Berra, a top Yankee prospect.”

PS: The full name Yogi used was Joe Cusano , and the team was actually called the Cranston Fire Chiefs , they wore wool uniforms that resembled the uniforms of the Milwaukee Braves