When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

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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.

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Overview

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

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.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616578299
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Format: Other
  • Edition description: Playaway Edition

Meet the Author

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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