would be easy, and true, to call this book by Yogi Berra (with
Dave Kaplan) "a charming little book." But it would also do a
disservice to what is actually an important book.
(we hope he will forgive the informality) has selected some of his
more famous sayings for you to enjoy. Even if you have heard them
before, they will fill you with delight. One of our favorites is, "If
people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's going to stop
book, Yogi expands on his aphorisms with humor and humility. In so
doing, he provides fascinating glimpses into the history of baseball
from the 1930's, when he and Joe Garagiola were playing ball
"in the streets and sandlots" of St. Louis, right up through the
present era. Some of his stories are priceless. We will not tell you
any of them -- that would deprive you of the joy of reading them for
Sometimes what Yogi says may seem obvious, and you can certainly enjoy
this book on a purely surface level. But when you read between the
lines, a picture emerges of a man who, whatever his limitations of
formal education, is one of the wisest among us. The phrase "a decent
man" is widely overused, but as you read this book you come to know
one of the nicest guys who ever played the game of baseball. It
becomes obvious that the man simply does not have a mean bone in his
body, because despite his total honesty, he just cannot get out a
nasty word. Even his very few negative remarks about fellow players,
and some of the others he has run into throughout a long and
illustrious career, are phrased in a gentle, gentlemanly manner.
need a feel-good read, this is your book. If you want some personal
insights into some of the most famous players of all time, from Joe
DiMaggio to Derek Jeter, this is your book. Treat yourself
to reading this book. You will enjoy it.
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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!
Written by Yogi Berra
Published 2001 by Hyperion Press
Not printed on acid-free paper