Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankeeby Allen Barra
Yogi Berra is America's most popular former athlete and the most quoted American since Mark Twain. Both court jester and team leader, Berra, with fourteen pennants, ten World Series championships, and three MVPs to his name, is also the winningest player in baseball history. Now, in this revelatory biography, renowned author Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable
Yogi Berra is America's most popular former athlete and the most quoted American since Mark Twain. Both court jester and team leader, Berra, with fourteen pennants, ten World Series championships, and three MVPs to his name, is also the winningest player in baseball history. Now, in this revelatory biography, renowned author Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable life as never before, from his childhood in "The Hill," the Italian-American neighborhood in St. Louis, to his leading role on the only team to win five consecutive World Series, the 1949-1953 Yankees, to his epic battles and final peace with George Steinbrenner. Complete with a Yogi chronology, a dissection of classic Yogi-isms, and a provocative statistics appendix that conclusively proves Yogi Berra was the greatest catcher of all time, this book should be required reading for any fan of the game.
In the introduction to his latest effort, Barra (The Last Coach: A Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant ) says that one of his goals was to create the first comprehensive work written about Yogi Berra, the greatest ballplayer never to have had a serious biography. The result is not only comprehensive but also incredibly engaging, as Barra narrates the life of one of the most eccentric ballplayers of the 20th century. Starting with his modest Italian upbringing in St. Louis, Mo., Berra quickly took a liking to what his father called a bum's game. And after a short career in the navy, he parlayed his talents into one of the most decorated athletic careers in history, leading the New York Yankees to 10 World Series championships and winning three MVPs. Each of Berra's baseball highlights is meticulously described, as are his stints as a manager for both the Yankees and crosstown Mets, his relationships with men like Casey Stengel, Mickey Mantle and George Steinbrenner, and his ability to create some of the most famous catchphrases of our time, Yogiisms, as they're called. Barra's love of the catcher with the similar name is evident throughout this deserving biography of Yogi. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
An accomplished sports biographer gives us one of the best recitations of an athlete's life and times since Paul J. Zingg's 1993 study of early baseball great Harry Hooper. Barra shows Yogi Berra as a signal example of immigrant success, an emblem of faith, family, and the rewards of determination. One of the best baseball books of the year, for all baseball fans, not just the ones who love pinstripes. For all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/08.]
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Allen Barra is a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the best-selling author of The Last Coach, Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee and Rickwood Field. His writing appears in the Washington Post, Salon, Playboy, and The Daily Beast. He lives in New Jersey.
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