Yogi Berra is one of the most popular former athletes in American history, and the most quoted American since Abraham Lincoln. Part clown, part feisty competitor, Berra is also the winningest player (fourteen pennants, ten World Series, 3 MVPs) in baseball history. In this revelatory biography, Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable life as never seen before with nearly one hundred photos and countless ?Yogi-isms,? and offers hilarious insights into many of baseball's greatest moments. From calling Don Larsen's perfect game, to managing the 1973 ?You Gotta Believe? New York Mets, Yogi's life and career are a virtual cutaway view of our national pastime in the twentieth century.
It could be safely and logically argued that Yogi Berra is the greatest baseball player in the history of the game. The ultimate goal of every player is to win the World Series, and Yogi's ten such titles are more than any other player in history. Since his retirement, however, Yogi's amazing playing career has often been eclipsed by his unforeseen rise to prominence as a poor man's philosopher, spouting brilliantly absurd, yet lucid truisms, such as "It ain't over till it's over" and "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be." Biographer Allan Barra presents Yogi as he has never been seen before, from his endearing childhood in an Italian neighborhood in St. Louis, to his short stint in the navy, to the glory days of the New York Yankees, and on through his neglected career as a fine coach and manager in the big leagues. As Yogi himself might say, "I didn't know I was so interesting."
- Sports + Recreation, Biography + Autobiography
- Baseball / History, Sports
- March 29, 2010
- March 29, 2010
- Allen Barra