Bumps and bruises come with territory

The long baseball season starts catching up to catchers when they can least afford to take a break.

Originally Published: September 4, 2003
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Yogi Berra, who once observed during a presidential campaign that "Texas has a lot of electrical votes," is a lucky man in one respect: His knuckles aren't half as mangled as his syntax.

Berra hit 358 home runs, made 15 All-Star teams, played for 10 World Series champions and won three Most Valuable Player awards. But here's an amazing feat that doesn't appear anywhere in his Baseball-Reference.com profile: He played 19 seasons as a big-league catcher, and he still can bend all his fingers without wincing.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer