Carmen Berra, Wife of Yogi Berra and Central Figure in Broadway's Bronx Bombers, Dies at 85

By Michael Gioia
07 Mar 2014

Carmen Berra, the longtime wife of Yankees legend Yogi Berra — and a central figure, along with Yogi, in the recent Broadway sports drama Bronx Bombers — died March 6 at Crane's Mill Assisted Living Facility in West Caldwell, NJ. She was 85.



According to the New York Post, Dave Kaplan, director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, confirmed that Berra died of complications from a stroke.

The Berras married Jan. 26, 1949, and were the central characters in the Broadway play Bronx Bombers, which ended its run March 2 at Circle in the Square. Tracy Shayne (Chicago, A Chorus Line) played Carmen alongside her real-life husband Peter Scolari (Lucky Guy) as Yogi.

"Meeting [the Berras] was such a high point, and they're still so attached at the hip — so much in love," said Shayne in a recent interview with Playbill magazine. "Carmen and I stared at each other for so long! We were taking each other in. I brought her a plate of food. We were looking at each other's clothes. [We had conversations like,] 'Oh, I like your blouse.' ... 'I love your scarf.' It was a bonding moment between us."

The Berras attended a production of Bronx Bombers in its Off-Broadway incarnation at Primary Stages.