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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes

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by Yogi Berra

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An exciting new collection of sublimely simple wisdom from a bestselling author, celebrated athlete, and a true American hero. Three-time MVP and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra hit home runs twice in a row with his two previous books, The Yogi Book and It Ain't Over. Now, his winning streak will continue with this latest work — a collection of appealing,


An exciting new collection of sublimely simple wisdom from a bestselling author, celebrated athlete, and a true American hero. Three-time MVP and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra hit home runs twice in a row with his two previous books, The Yogi Book and It Ain't Over. Now, his winning streak will continue with this latest work — a collection of appealing, funny, and surprisingly moving essays on life, happiness, and getting through the slumps.

Filled with another delightful helping of Yogi's inimitable and unwittingly wise aphorisms, these reflections focus on the valuable lessons he's learned on and off the field. From his early years as an immigrant's son who dropped out of the eighth grade through his triumphant career as a player and manager who played in a record seventy five World Series games, Yogi illustrates his homespun philosophies with apt analogies to his trove of baseball stories. He expounds on such topics as Patience (Waiting for your pitch); Sacrifice (Laying down a bunt); Trusting Others (Taking direction); and Staying Focused (Keeping your eye on the ball), to show how the rules of life and baseball are uncannily similar. And, in the tradition of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, he explains his recipe for fulfillment and happiness with life lessons that are profoundly simple, simply profound — and classic Yogi to the core. Following on the heels of two New York Times bestselling books and filled with memorable photos, this new collection of Yogi wisdom will undoubtedly expand his growing legion of fans. When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! is a wise, humble, touching book that's a guaranteed winner. In short, it's déjà vu all over again.

A baseball legend reflects on the following lessons ...

"A nickel ain't worth a dime any more."

"It ain't over til it's over."

"You can't think and hit at the same time."

"I didn't really say everything I said."

"The future ain't what it used to be."

... and many more

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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)

Bob Costas
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.
Tim Russert
Yogi Berra — a gifted athlete, a witty philosopher, a true American treasure. You'll enjoy his lessons on life.
Yankee Magazine
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.
Library Journal
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.

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Yogi Berra is a beloved American baseball personality whose 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 figure in American culture. He is the author of two previous national bestsellers, It Ain't Over and The Yogi Book. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

Dave Kaplan is the executive director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, a nonprofit sports education center founded in 1998 on the campus of Montclair State (NJ) University. He has written for numerous publications and has lectured on journalism at several colleges. He is married with three young daughters and lives in Montclair, NJ.

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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Gary51 More than 1 year ago
For some time now I have collected quotes from several people, and one that always inspires me and lifts my spirits is Yogi Berra. So when I saw this biography about Yogi it was a no brainer that it was one that would have to be read. Yogi has been successful in life, but not without his share of hardships, such as quitting school when he was fourteen, being told that he would never be a major league ballplayer (wow did he ever prove them wrong on that one), and getting fired as a manager of the Yankees when they were winning without so much as the owner George Steinbeck himself firing him. Yogi encourages one to step out on faith and trust your instincts, living without regrets and not looking back when a decision must be reached regardless of the decision you make - taking a job, getting married, buying a house or whatever it may be. Yogi was tutored as a catcher by Bill Dickey one of the Yankees great catchers in the 1930's and of this Yogi says Bill inspired him by "learning him all his experience." It would seem that it might also be said that whatever stage one is at in life there are always those who have gone before of which you can reach out to and learn from. Concerning mistake one of the best of Yogi's quotes is "The best way to avoid mistakes is by not making them." We all make mistakes in life some are avoidable and come about because of a mental lapse and others are just something that happens. Casey Stengel who was one of Yogi's managers once said "I will never make the mistake of being seventy again." Assuming is addressed and the advice given is "Never assume anything's is really finished or officially happened.until it is really finished or officially happened." In other words of that great philosopher and sage Yogi Berra "It ain't over until it is over." Goal setting is addressed that everyone regardless of age needs to set goals. It is said "Because if you don't set goals, you can't regret not reaching them." Yogi says his advice to any politician is what he used to tell the press when he was managing the Yankees: "If you ask me a question I don't know, I'm not going to answer." In regards to getting results Yogi advises "you treat people the way you'd want to be treated." Loyalty is a big thing in all walks of life and management's personal connection to their people affect loyalty. Loyalty is a selfless proposition that is done on a daily basis. In other words Yogi says "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours." Baseball is full of statistics and it is said that, "Ninety percent of the game is half mental." For those who are seeking to learn new things we should remember the advice given "you can observe a lot by watching." Life has many twists and turns and to get to where you want to go you need a plan and desire. In other word "If you don't know where you are going you might not get there." Many twists and turns affected Yogi's life, but in each one of those there were lessons learned that are to be gleaned from the quotes he made. Yogi was certainly successful as a baseball player, coach, manager and business owner; he has also been a maintainer of history through his museum, and a business owner of at least 3 companies. Besides that in my opinion he is a wise sage and philosopher from whom one can learn much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yogi Berra is our modern day version of Will Rogers. He talks about life and what he sees, and captures a fundamental truth and humor that tickle our fancy and our sense of what's right. This book contains many of Yogi's most famous aphorisms, followed by essays that explain what he means . . . in other words. Here are some of my favorites among his aphorisms in this book (which double as titles for the essays): 'We Have a Good Time Together, Even When We're Not Together.' 'If People Don't Want to Come Out to the Park, Nobody's Going to Stop Them.' 'Ninety Percent of the Game Is Half Mental.' 'You Observe a Lot by Watching.' 'It's Deja Vu All Over Again.' 'We Made Too Many Wrong Mistakes.' 'It Gets Late Early Out Here.' 'Nobody Goes There Any More, It's Too Crowded.' 'I Love Movies When I Like Them.' 'If the World Were Perfect, It Wouldn't Be.' 'Always Go to Other People's Funerals, Otherwise They Won't Go to Yours.' 'Ninety Percent of Short Putts Don't Go In.' The beauty of Yogi's aphorisms is that we know exactly what he means, which we don't always appreciate about what more learned types have to say. The unusual content also jolts us into paying attention, instead of putting us into a mild doze. About the aphorisms themselves, Yogi says this, 'I don't think I ever said anything intentionally humorous in my life.' You could sum up his philosophy as 'I really have no regrets.' Yogi basically suggests that you take life as it comes, make the best of what it offers, and move on. His most beautiful aphorism is here also, 'There Is Always Some Kid Who May Be Seeing Me for the First or Last Time. I Owe Him My Best.' The essay describes how Joe DiMaggio always played the hero's role in public, and how much Yogi admired him for it. The book also contains the famous story of how Yogi refused to reenter Yankee Stadium for 14 years after being summarily fired as manager in mid-season in 1985 (after being told this would not happen). George Steinbrenner finally met with Yogi and apologized. Yogi began coming to Yankee Stadium again. That struck me as very consistent with his sense of what's right and wrong. Yogi chose to leave school at a very young age. He thought he didn't have much of a future there, and he felt he liked and could do a lot of other things better. That's the story behind the book's title. But Yogi reminds us, 'People shouldn't forget where they came from.' In fact, the essays double as an autobiography of Yogi. I enjoyed his stories about the glory days of the five straight World Championships, and how he improved as a catcher while being lambasted by the sportswriters. Having listened to Don Larsen's perfect game against the Dodgers, it was fun to read what Yogi had to say about catching the game. I didn't know he called Larsen 'Gooney Bird.' His essay about talking to players, pitchers and umps is also a classic. Anyone would benefit from his advice about losing. 'If [you]lose . . . , shake their hand and try harder next time.' He also maintains that it's not true he was ever in a hitting slump. He just wasn't getting many hits. That's an extension of his focus on keeping a positive outlook. Each essay is preceded by a small black-and-white photograph. These add a nice personal touch to the essays. After you read this book, think about where you need to take a fork in the road with courage and enthusiasm. Think of Yogi when you take that fork. He'll be pulling for you. If the stick in your eye is hurting you, there's no law that says you have to keep holding it in there! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
lmmLA More than 1 year ago
Our book club is reading this book.
Cheerokee72 More than 1 year ago
This book provides comic relief whenever needed. Yogi Berra has a way of putting things that brings one up short, as in, "What's the matter with what I just heard him say?" Most of the time, it's to the point and just short of saying exactly what he's trying to say, but you know what he means anyway. What a hoot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like baseball this is a great book- read it, most of all enjoy it. Even if you don't like baseball but enjoy Yogi pick it up and enjoy.
pumpkinCG More than 1 year ago
wanted mr berra's most favorite/popular quotes
Berstler More than 1 year ago
Read it, You'll like it !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love yoge you l love this look at him.
cookit More than 1 year ago
Well, Yogi is not a writer. He is, however, funny and insightful. I have a new respect for him after reading this. It is a light weight, fun read!
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The comical wisdom of Lawrence Peter 'Yogi' Berra is part of American heritage. This book is a collection of 40 of his famous sayings with commentary on their meaning, related not only to baseball but life in general. Growing up, Yogi was more interested in baseball than education. Although the man may be unschooled, he is no dummy. His sayings, such as 'Ninety percent of baseball is mental and the other half is physical,' are amusing not because they are silly but because they make perfect sense in an emotional rather than intellectual way. The wisdom of Yogi is refreshing and brings the reader back to the basics.