Driving Mr. Yogi

Driving Mr. Yogi

Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift

eBook - 2012
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"Funny, revealing, and surprising . . . anything that brings new Yogi Berra stories is a good book." --MLB.com Driving Mr. Yogi is the story of how a unique friendship between a pitcher and catcher is renewed every year. It began in 1999, when Yogi Berra was reunited with the Yankees after a long self-exile, the result of being unceremoniously fired by George Steinbrenner fourteen years before. A reconciliation between Berra and the Boss meant that Berra would attend spring training again. Guidry befriended "Mr. Yogi" instantly. After all, Berra had been a mentor in the clubhouse back when Guidry was pitching for the Yankees. Guidry knew the young players would benefit greatly from Mr. Yogi's encyclopedic knowledge of the game, just as Guidry had during his playing days, so he encouraged Berra to share his insights. Soon, an offhand batting tip from Mr. Yogi turned Nick Swisher's season around. Stories about handling a hitter like Ted Williams or catching Don Larsen's perfect game captured their imaginations. And in Yogi, Guidry found not just an elder companion or source of amusement -- he found a best friend. At turns tender and laugh-out-loud funny, and teeming with unforgettable baseball yarns that span more than fifty years, Driving Mr. Yogi is a universal story about the importance of wisdom being passed from one generation to the next, as well as a reminder that time is what we make of it and compassion never gets old. "A refreshing change from the normal diet of sports books out there . . . A warm, sentimental look at a baseball icon." --Tampa Tribune
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547746715
0547746717
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (256 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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Jun 24, 2014

I truly loved this book as a long time Yankee fan and a lover of baseball. Great stories, a dash of humor and insights of two of the games great icons.

Agent13 May 21, 2012

This book is a must for any Yankee fan. However, its message of respecting the gifts, insights and life experiences of those before you should not be overlooked. Yogi Berra proves once again what a charming personality he is. Coupled with his (at first, reluctantly) driver and fellow Yankee Ron Guidry, a lasting friendship is forged over their spring training trips to Yankee camp. Along the way, we get to learn about an aging Yogi and his need to feel wanted and needed in his twilight years. There is so much in this book to recommend for the faithful reader. Please read it!

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