The Barnes & Noble Review
Whether it's wisdom, malapropism, or pure-and-simple Yogi-ism, perhaps no player in the history of baseball is more quoted than three-time MVP and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. With his previous two powerhouse collections, It Ain't Over... and The Yogi Book, Yogi proved he could wear one more hat -- that of New York Times bestselling author -- and still bring the crowd to their feet. Now he returns with another heavy hitter, a book of inspiration and wisdom from one of the true greats in baseball, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!
Here Yogi takes a long look at his career, the events that shaped it, and the quotes that became his unwitting trademark, bringing them together in a collection of inspiring stories from his life and from the world of baseball. But this is no Chicken Soup for the Baseball Player's Soul -- it's 100 percent Yogi. In the first chapter, which shares the title of the book, he writes, "Make a firm decision. Make sure it feels right. Learn from the choice you make. Don't second-guess yourself -- there's no need to give yourself ulcers. But my advice on big life decisions is to get advice if you can." With tales of childhood pickup games on the sandlots of The Hill area in St. Louis, serving on a six-man rocket boat at Omaha Beach, and sharing bench space with baseball greats like Joe DiMaggio, Yogi proves his life experience has made him a good man to turn to. And as always, no one dispenses wisdom quite like Yogi Berra. From "Ninety percent of the game is half mental," to "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him," this book is filled with more delightful quotes from the man we love to misunderstand.
As down-to-earth in style as it is spiritually uplifting in subject, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! is not only a great read for fans of baseball. It is also the perfect gift for anyone who has reached a crossroads in life and is looking for guidance. Yogi advises, "Have a vision, a goal of what you want to do. Unless you're sure of where you want to go, you'll never get there." Whether it concerns getting out of a slump or making it through a record 75 World Series games, this is advice and inspiration of the sort you can only get from a father, a friend, a team manager, or, well, a hero. (Elise Vogel)
Yogi asked me to 'write a blurb about how supposedly smart he is' . . . . You tell me. Could Einstein hit the curve ball? Could Picasso? Yogi's a genius a lovable, one-of-a-kind genius.
Yogi Berra a gifted athlete, a witty philosopher, a true American treasure. You'll enjoy his lessons on life.
Classic and unforgettable baseball stories and anecdotes.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Upping the ante of such bestselling titles as It Ain't Over and The Yogi Book, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes collects more anecdotes and bon mots from the Yankees' Hall of Fame sage, Yogi Berra. A collaboration by Berra and Dave Kaplan, who is executive director of the nonprofit Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, a sports education facility at Montclair State University (close to Berra's home in Montclair, N.J.), the book pairs 40 classic Berra aphorisms "It's d j vu all over again" and "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded" among them with Berra's glosses and expansive colloquial commentary to help readers in their own decision making. Along the way, we learn the secrets to his 50-year marriage with "Carm" (they "talk over everything") and to his three-time MVP career as a player and pennant-winning seasons as a manager. ( June 1) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
There is not a lot of baseball in this work, narrated by Berra's son Dale, though the game ultimately made possible all of the very nice things that Berra has done for his family and community. Like the book, each chapter is titled with a Yogi-ism, a famous saying of this often-quoted mangler of English phraseology. The chapter then puts the Yogi-ism into personal context, linked with experiences from an incredible 46 years in professional baseball. If there is any doubt about this former athlete's impact on our lives, consider how often both political parties mentioned, "It ain't over till it's over," after the 2000 presidential election. Charming, funny, and always real. Highly recommended. Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.