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Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee Hardcover – March 30, 2009
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For me, what made this an enjoyable read were some of the details of Yogi's life I was unaware of. For instance, I didn't know that as a 17 year old he turned down a contract offer from Branch Rickey, then of the St. Louis Cardinals, because Rickey wouldn't give him the same signing bonus ($500) as he gave Yogi's childhood friend, Joe Garagiola. Or that Yogi was most definitely in harm's way during the Normandy Landings on D-Day.Read more ›
The book is lovingly written in an excellent prose style. He covers Yogi's life from childhood, dwells extensively on his Yankee career, and gives us a great picture of Yogi's post managerial career. He writes with a clear point of view-Yogi Berra is the greatest catcher in the history of the game and if you don't like it I'll prove it. He doesn't avoid Yogi's weaknesses, but he clearly shows his strengths as person, husband, player and businessman. He covers the controversies in detail and tries to draw conclusions about events such as the Copacabana incident and Jackie Robinson's steal of home in 1955. He takes time to tell stories about significant games-especially Don Larsen's perfect World Series game. He also deals with Yogi's firing by Steinbrenner and the 20 year feud that followed.
Barra touches all the basis in this excellent biography. I highly recommend it to any baseball fan and anyone who loves a well written and researched Biography
Yogi Berra was born in "The Hill", the Italian neighborhood in St. Louis. Amazingly this tightly knit neighborhood of small yards spawned, at the same time, Yogi and his friend Joe Garagiola. Their fathers had come from the same town in Italy. For a St. Louisan, the early parts of the story are filled with familiar venues and personalities. Yogi worked at Ruggeri's and Biggie's, how many times was I there? The colorful phrases associated with Yogi started with others. When he first became famous a proud Hill matron told him "You the firsta boy what comes from the Hill with a name witha ends a, e, I, o getta name in the paper and no killa somebody." He went to Saint Louis University basketball games, as I did last week, and went to many other places with which we are all familiar.
The interesting thing about Yogi's early career is that he was not signed by either the Cardinals or the Browns. The probable reason is that Joe Garagiola was a better catcher at that time. Yogi signed with the Yankee organization and worked his way up to New York. On the way up he spent time in the Navy and was aboard ship off shore on D-Day.
Yogi's era with the Yankees lasted from 1946-64. Starting in the DiMaggio era, Yogi was the mainstay who bridged the gap into the Mantle era. Although a "Berra Era" is not often thought of, that is what the 1950s were. The 50s were an era of Yankee dominance, largely because of Yogi. Although the Yankees dominated in the end, this book shows how each season was a struggle in which Yogi's contribution was crucial.Read more ›
Allen Barra wrote a great book about the really nice man and baseball legend Yogi Berra. The well written 453 page book is a page burner with no boring parts. Lots of nice B/W pictures too. I read the book in 3 days and had difficulty putting it down. The book reads smoothly and is a pleasure to read.
I just got done reading about HOF Joe Dimaggio. Both men HOF and Yankee legends. Joe D the self proclaimed "king of baseball" vs Yogi the fun loving, lovable very low ego guy. What a difference in egos!
We read Lawrence "Lawdie" Berra being brought up in the depression by his loving Italian decent parents in St. Louis, in an Italian section of "the Hill". We read "Lawdie" and other family members and having small jobs to add to the family income and "Lawdie" having boyhood fun especially baseball. "Lawdie" had little interest in school and droped out of the 9th grade. We see him eventually playing semi pro baseball and getting into the minors. Berra was an undisciplined hitter that would swing at almost anything even way out of the strike zone. Even so he develops into a good hitter with power. He is slightly clumsy and not too good at defense and doesn't develop into a catcher until many years later. He gets a very small bonus and near minimum baseball wages to join the NY Yankees.
WE see Lawrence"Yogi" Berra was a WW2 decorated( Purple heart and more) Navy Veteran that served on a small "rocket launching boat" on D day.
We see him learning baseball with great managers like Casey Stengel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yogi Berra became an American legend by an interesting combination of being a legitimately outstanding baseball player and on-field leader and being a slightly less legitimately... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kiwiwriter
I especially enjoyed remembering the times when baseball was a game - before it became a business. Lots of great anecdotes.Published 3 months ago by J Kenton
This is a well written book about Yogi. I have always admired Yogi as a baseball player and his off the field wisdoms. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Doctor Doctor
All Yogi Berra and Yankee fans Sixty and older will love this book. Yogi may have said a few funny things but he was a GREAT Baseball player and deserves his place in Cooperstown.Published 8 months ago by rodney l coriarty
My nephew, who received the gift, described it as very funny and a merited tribute to a special player and human being.Published 9 months ago by Frank A. Ramirez
WHAT A FINE BIOGRAPHY OF ONE OF BASEBALL'S TRUE GENTLEMEN. THE STORIES TAKE PLACE DURING WHAT I CONSIDER THE GOLDEN AGE OF BASEBALL. Read morePublished 9 months ago by richard e whitelock
My nephew loves Yankees history. This was purchased as a gift for him. He loves to read and it was great to be able to find this, especially since he loves hard bound books versus... Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. M