The Yogi Book: "I Really Didn't Say Everything I Said!"


The beloved philosopher Yogi Berra has a gift for saying the smartest things in the funniest ways. His off-the-cuff wisdom is the stuff of legend?surprising, immediate, profound, and endlessly quotable.

Why never to give up:"It ain?t over till it?s over.?

Advice on finding your way:"When you come to a fork in the road, take it.?

The mind-body problem:"You can?t think and hit...

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The beloved philosopher Yogi Berra has a gift for saying the smartest things in the funniest ways. His off-the-cuff wisdom is the stuff of legend—surprising, immediate, profound, and endlessly quotable.

Why never to give up:"It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Advice on finding your way:"When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

The mind-body problem:"You can’t think and hit at the same time.”

Gathered together by the man himself, The Yogi Book is the definitive collection of Yogi-isms. It includes appreciations from some of Yogi’s biggest fans, and a time line of his unparalleled career, from days playing sandlot ball on “the Hill” in St. Louis to his milestones as a Yankee catcher—ten World Championships, three-time American League MVP, 15 All-Star Games, instant Hall of Famer—to his life as a manager, family man, and all-around sage.

In celebration of America's beloved baseball legend Yogi Berra, here are all the famous Yogisms, those legendary words that are among the most popularly quoted sayings ever.

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NY Times Book Review
You can imagine the problems of misattribution and misquotation Yogi Berra had in his life: "I really didn't say everything I said." But since he did say a lot of what he said, he has put it all in a book so that, as someone else said, you could look it up. Some of the items in The Yogi Book are about baseball: "Ninety percent of the game is half mental," for one, and "The other teams could make trouble for us if they win." Some are about life in general: "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't go to yours" And a puzzling number are about transportation problems: "You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going 'cause you might not get there" and "We're lost, but we're making good time." The Yogi-isms, all in enormous print that would be annoying if Yogi Berra were an annoying person, are accompanied by pictures, ancillary jokes and helpful contex. (Did he really not say everything he said? He thinks not, but "then again, I might have said'em, but you never know.") In all this are reminders, not pointed by any means, that being a baseball player was once a job held by more or less normal people. "Don't get me right, I'm just asking," for instance, was a line Berra delivered in contract negotiations with the Yankee owner Dan Topping. "We didn't have agents back then," Berra explains, "and I didn't want to insult him." Anyway, there's no excuse not to get him right. When you come to a fork in the road, take it. And thank you for making this day necessary
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761110903
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/3/1998
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.19 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

YOGI BERRA is one of America's most beloved sports personalities. On the field, his exploits with the New York Yankees made him a vital part of the most successful sports franchise ever. Off the field, his wit and humor have made him a unique and ubiquitous part of American culture.
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The Thrill From "The Hill" by Joe Garagiola

    My friend Yogi Berra and I began sharing our dreams when he was Lawdie and I was Joey, and we were just two baseball-playing youngsters growing up in the Italian-American section of St. Louis that was called "The Hill." These many years later, I'm asked if I'm surprised by all that Yogi went on to accomplish as a major league ballplayer, manager, and coach. I always answer no. Since we were kids, Yogi has been one of the most positive thinkers I have ever known and he's always been successful at everything that has interested him.

    Yogi played in a record 14 World Series for the New York Yankees from 1947 to 1963; was voted the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1951, 1954, and 1955; ended his playing career with the most homers by a catcher in major league history; managed the Yankees to an American League pennant in 1964 and the New York Mets to a National League pennant in 1973; and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. He had a remarkable career. Yet it's funny that his lasting fame has come less from how he played and managed than from his unique way of speaking. Yogi is one of the most quoted people in the world.

    Fans have labeled Yogi Berra "Mr. Malaprop," but I don't think that's accurate. He doesn't use the wrong words. He just puts words together in ways nobody else would ever do. You may laugh and shake your head when Yogi says something strange like, "It ain't over 'til it's over," but soon you realize that what he said actually makes perfect sense. And you find yourself using his words yourself because they are, after all, the perfect way to express a particular idea.

    In fact, the key to Yogi-isms is Yogi's simple logic. He may take a different avenue than you would to get to where he's going, but it's the fastest, truest route. What you would say in a paragraph, he says in a sentence. If you say it in a sentence, Yogi needs only one word. If you use one word, Yogi just nods. Yogi's conversation is normal dialogue after taxes.

    I've gotten lost more than once going to Yogi's house in New Jersey, so now I call for directions. Each time, I get a memorable response. A favorite is, "I know just where you are, Joey. You're not too far. But don't go the other way, come this way." Now, I've been accused of putting words in Yogi's mouth, but how could I make up a response like that? How can you improve on Yogi?

(c) March 1998

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Interviews & Essays

On June 24, 1998, on AOL proudly welcomed Yogi Berra to our Authors@aol series. Yogi Berra is a legend in baseball history. As a New York Yankee from 1947 to 1963, he played in a record 14 World Series and retired with the record for the most home runs by a catcher in Major League history.

AkioBN: Mr. Berra, we're honored to have you with us.

Yogi Berra: Thank you.

Question: Where were you when David Wells pitched a perfect game? Did you talk to Don Larsen about it?

Yogi Berra: I was in Pittsburgh and didn't know anything about it until I got home. I spoke to him when we were in Kansas City together. It was a great thing.

Question: What do you regret most, if anything, about your career?

Yogi Berra: I don't think I have any regrets. In the baseball field, I loved the game and everything was satisfactory. If I had to do it all over again, I would.

Question: Who are you behind in the subway series? Is it like picking between your kids?

Yogi Berra: The Yankees. I like the Yankees as far as that goes. I like all the coaches that have been there. They either coached for me or I coached for them. Willie Randolph and Chris Chambliss and Mel Stottlemyre -- he pitched for me in the Yankees. We coached together when Billy Martin was there -- Don Zimmer, that is.

Question: How do you feel about Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chasing Roger Maris and Babe Ruth's records?

Yogi Berra: They got a good chance, both of them. And Griffey, too. Seattle's got a good chance.

Question: What's your favorite Yogi-ism?

Yogi Berra: I guess "It ain't over till it's over" is my favorite one.

Question: Yogi, who do you think is the best player ever?

Yogi Berra: Joe DiMaggio was for the base-playing ability, and Ted Williams was the best hitter.

Question: Yogi, how would your teams with the Yankees in the '50s and '60s do today?

Yogi Berra: That's hard to say. I couldn't tell, because you're not batting against them or anything. You just don't know.

Question: In all your years as a catcher, who was the hardest batter to get out?

Yogi Berra: Ted Williams! That question was easy!

Question: Yogi, which baseball player did you look up to when you were a kid?

Yogi Berra: Joe Maverick with the St. Louis Cardinals was my idol when I was a kid.

Question: Mr. Berra, I'm Susie Gorman from Nutley, New Jersey. We knew you way back when. Do you remember us? I remember when you opened the bowling alley with Mr. Rizzuto. Mr. Mantle lived on our block. You've been our hero since the '50s!

Yogi Berra: I don't know if I know you that well; the 1950s is a long way off. Maybe if I saw you....

Question: Hi, Yogi. Turn the tables on Joe Garagiola and tell us some stories about him. Thanks.

Yogi Berra: Joe was always with me; we grew up in the same neighborhood. He was witty as a young boy and still is. We're close friends, very close. A good ballplayer. He thinks he wasn't, but he wasn't that bad of a player. He probably has more stories about me.

Question: What do you think of the stadium controversy?

Yogi Berra: I'd like to see them keep Yankee Stadium where it is. But you never know what's going to happen.

Question: Yogi, do you think Mike Piazza will match your home-run total?

Yogi Berra: That I can't tell. I don't know how many he's got right now. I've got 358. I really couldn't tell you.

Question: Yogi, who is your favorite young baseball star that you think will someday be a legend like you?

Yogi Berra: Ken Griffey, Piazza, that kid Rodriguez, Jeter -- Rodriguez is the catcher at Texas -- and Maddux in Atlanta. There's quite a few.

Question: Yogi, what do you think is going on with the Dodgers these days, and how do you feel about it?

Yogi Berra: I don't know. You don't get to watch them that much. Right now I'm watching the Yankee game in Atlanta. Maybe I'll take a look tonight. They play in Anaheim. I'll see what the story is.

Question: Yogi, what do you do with your spare time?

Yogi Berra: I do a lot of charity work, play a little golf. I have my own ballpark. They built a ballpark for me here and named it after me. A lot of charity golf tournaments. I think they're going to have a museum here, too.

Question: Yogi, what do you think it will take to make baseball the most popular sport again, and do you think baseball was really hurt by the strike as much as many people believe?

Yogi Berra: No. I think it's still a great sport. Fans think it's dying, but they still make attendance records every year.

Question: How's Dale and Tim? l played ball against Tim at BMI.

Yogi Berra: Played football -- Timmy never played baseball.

Question: Yogi, were the Majors a lot different back when you played?

Yogi Berra: We only had eight teams then. Yeah, a lot different. You've got 30 teams now. It's tough, and a lot of pitchers aren't ready for big leagues, but they've got to keep them. But it will get along.

Question: Yogi, I read a book about you. Did you really play baseball with a broomstick and a head of cabbage?

Yogi Berra: No, never cabbage. Broomstick and bottlecaps. Never cabbage.

Question: If you could, would you play again? If yes, what team?

Yogi Berra: Whoever wanted me I'd go to! I loved baseball as a kid! I never knew I was going to be a Yankee. I always wanted to play for St. Louis as a kid. Anybody, really, as long as I was playing baseball!

Question: What was your favorite year that you played for the Yankees?

Yogi Berra: I played from '47 to '63. Seventeen years! Hard to pick one year in particular.

Question: Yogi Berra, are you smarter than the average baseball coach?

Yogi Berra: No, I wouldn't say that, no! [laughs]

Question: Hey, Yogi. I just want to say that I think that you are one of baseball's greatest players. Who do you think is the best all-around player today? Also, do you think the Yankees will go to the World Series this year?

Yogi Berra: They've got a very good chance. They've got a good ball team. And probably Atlanta.

Question: Which team did you like better to work with, the Mets or the Yankees?

Yogi Berra: Both. Like I said, baseball, I love baseball! The main thing I like and was good was to help out. I liked that.

Question: What do you think of the "knockdown" pitch?

Yogi Berra: All depends when you use it as to what I think about it. We did that, too. You more expected it a little bit back then.

Question: Yogi, how did you get your nickname?

Yogi Berra: Playing American Legion Ball -- Bobby Huffman with the Giants. We never had dugouts as kids playing on the sandlot. I sat on the ground with my hands and legs crossed and he said I looked like a yogi, and that's how it stuck.

Question: I am a catcher for my north Jersey tourney team and number eight. They call me "Yogi"! But my question is, should I specialize in catching, or try other positions that I know how to play?

Yogi Berra: It all depends. Specialize in what you like to do best. Catching or the other position you like to play.

AkioBN: Last question...

Question: By whom were you most honored to have been quoted, out of all the prominent personalities to have quoted you?

Yogi Berra: Larry King does a good job. The show that comes on at 9pm at night.

AkioBN: Thanks so much, Yogi. It was a pleasure and an honor. And a lot of fun.

Yogi Berra: Thank you. I just got back from St. Louis, where I signed 3,000 books. It's going great.

AkioBN: Goodnight, Yogi.
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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    the Yogi Book

    this book was a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    great book

    The book is great the guy is a living legand. i especially love the book, and i don't mean to rub this in to anyone, because i got to SHAKE HIS AND AFTER HE SIGNED MY COPY OF IT!! hahahahha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    What he said...

    This is a short book which features some of the best quotations to come from a baseball player (or anyone else for that matter). Yogi, each time he opens his mouth manages at once to be inane and wise. A little background to each saying fleshes the book out and some contributions from his family finish the book off nicely. My only complaint is that there should have been more.

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