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, Dave Kaplan
     
 

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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 ofSee more details below

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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, 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 I 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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786871728
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
313,142
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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