The Associated Press Reported on the Death of Yogi Bear
But he later dropped the lawsuit. And Hanna-Barbera claimed the similarity was just a coincidence, but nobody has ever believed that because Yogi Berra was such a household name at the time. Berra got the nickname "Yogi" playing legion ball, because of the way he would sit cross legged on the ground like a Hindu yogi, waiting for his turn at bat. His real name was Lawrence.
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