Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra

Eternal Yankee

Book - 2009
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WW Norton
Yogi Berra is one of the most popular former athletes in American history, and the most quoted American since Abraham Lincoln. Part comedian, part feisty competitor, Berra is also the winningest player (fourteen pennants, ten World Series, three MVPs) in baseball history. In this revelatory biography, Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable life as never seen before, from his childhood in "Dago Hill," the Italian-American neighborhood in St. Louis, to his leading role on the 1949-53 Yankees, the only team to win five consecutive World Series, to the travails of the '64 pennant race, through his epic battles and final peace with George Steinbrenner. This biography, replete with nearly one hundred photos and countless "Yogi-isms," 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.
The gripping biography of the legendary Hall-of-Famer and one of the most quotable figures in American culture.

Baker & Taylor
An all-encompassing portrait of the iconic sports figure traces his childhood in multicultural St. Louis and his pennant and world Series wins to his epic rivalry with George Steinbrenner and his frequently quoted post-athletic career.

Norton Pub
Yogi Berra is one of the most popular former athletes in American history, and the most quoted American since Abraham Lincoln. Part comedian, part feisty competitor, Berra is also the winningest player (fourteen pennants, ten World Series, three MVPs) in baseball history. In this revelatory biography, Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable life as never seen before, from his childhood in "Dago Hill," the Italian-American neighborhood in St. Louis, to his leading role on the 1949-53 Yankees, the only team to win five consecutive World Series, to the travails of the '64 pennant race, through his epic battles and final peace with George Steinbrenner. This biography, replete with nearly one hundred photos and countless "Yogi-isms," 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.
The gripping biography of the legendary Hall-of-Famer and one of the most quotable figures in American culture.

Blackwell North Amer
Yogi Berra is America's most popular former athlete and the most quoted American since Mark Twain. The press saw him as part folk hero, part clown; his competitors knew him as the winningest player in the game's history.
In this revelatory biography, best-selling author Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable life and career as never seen before, from his childhood in St. Louis's "Dago Hill" to the greatest of baseball dynasties ever, to his clash and final peace with George Steinbrenner. As a boy, Yogi sold newspapers on street corners and worked in a shoe factory before joining the Navy and earning a Purple Heart at Omaha Beach on D-Day. Mocked for his ungainly appearance and stocky build - "a body only an anthropologist could love," as one sportswriter crudely phrased it - Berra seemed to be the unlikeliest of Yankee prospects, dismissed by many as jester to Casey Stengel's court.
Passed over by the great Branch Rickey for a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals - for want of a mere $500 bonus - Yogi joined the Yankees in 1946 at a time the franchise seemed on the verge of decline. Finding himself a teammate of Joe DiMaggio, Tommy Henrich, and Phil Rizzuto, Yogi, with the aid of the great former Yankee catcher Bill Dickey, revived the team. By 1949 he was a superstar, the cornerstone of the 1949-1953 championship Yankees, the only team ever to win five consecutive World Series, He was also the most popular Yankee since Babe Ruth.
Think of the greatest moments in baseball during this glorious era and you think of Yogi Berra - his snag of a windblown pop-up in Allie Reynolds's second 1951 no-hitter, his leap into Don Larsen's arms after the only perfect game in World Series history, and his two dramatic home runs off Don Newcombe in the finale of that amazing 1956 fall classic.
Allen Barra brings to life the salad days of the greatest team in baseball history - when Yogi, Casey Stengel, Mickey Mantle, and Whitey Ford were household names, icons of baseball's real golden era.
After the 1963 season, Yogi embarked on a new career as a manager, winning pennants in both the American and National Leagues (with the Yankees in 1964 and the New York Mets in 1973, when he told the world, "It ain't over till it's over"). Returning to the Yankees as a coach and manager, he was fired just sixteen games into the 1985 season and promised he would never return as long as George Steinbrenner was owner, a vow he kept until George asked for forgiveness in 1999.
Allen Barra's remarkable biography is an unforgettable portrait of a man, his family - particularly his partner in greatness, his wife, Carmen - and an exemplary baseball life. Drawn from hundreds of personal interviews, Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee - complete with a Yogi chronology, a dissection of classic Yogiisms. and a provocative statistics appendix conclusively proving that Yogi Berra was the greatest catcher of all time - is required reading for any fan of the game.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393062335
0393062333
Branch Call Number: 796.357 BAR
Characteristics: xxxvii, 451 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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Jul 15, 2014

If you love baseball you have to read this book. Yogi is an icon unto himself and the book is beautifully written to capture the pure essence of his greatness on the ball diamond.
One of the best baseball books I have read!!

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rimikikki
Jun 27, 2010

Oh yes! I loved book. There good writing!!! I suggest to you read!

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Aug 16, 2009

In this comprehensive and incredibly engaging biography each of Berra's baseball highlights (10 American League Pennants, 8 World Series Championships and 3 Most Valuable Player awards) is meticulously described. From his childhood growing up in St Louis Missouri's Italian neighborhood to his postplayer roles as a manager and coach Barra covers it all and what we embrace throughout is a great athlete and a good guy.

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