Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift

Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift

by Harvey Araton
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Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift by Harvey Araton


“Funny, revealing, and surprising . . . anything that brings new Yogi Berra stories is a good book." —MLB.com

Driving Mr. Yogi is the story of how a unique friendship between a pitcher and catcher is renewed every year. It began in 1999, when Yogi Berra was reunited with the Yankees after a long self-exile, the result of being unceremoniously fired by George Steinbrenner fourteen years before. A reconciliation between Berra and the Boss meant that Berra would attend spring training again. Guidry befriended “Mr. Yogi” instantly. After all, Berra had been a mentor in the clubhouse back when Guidry was pitching for the Yankees. Guidry knew the young players would benefit greatly from Mr. Yogi's encyclopedic knowledge of the game, just as Guidry had during his playing days, so he encouraged Berra to share his insights.

Soon, an offhand batting tip from Mr. Yogi turned Nick Swisher’s season around. Stories about handling a hitter like Ted Williams or catching Don Larsen’s perfect game captured their imaginations. And in Yogi, Guidry found not just an elder companion or source of amusement — he found a best friend.

At turns tender and laugh-out-loud funny, and teeming with unforgettable baseball yarns that span more than fifty years, Driving Mr. Yogi is a universal story about the importance of wisdom being passed from one generation to the next, as well as a reminder that time is what we make of it and compassion never gets old.

“A refreshing change from the normal diet of sports books out there . . . A warm, sentimental look at a baseball icon." —Tampa Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410447333
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 04/20/2012
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 371
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Harvey Araton joined the New York Times as a sports reporter and national basketball columnist in 1991 and became a "Sports of the Times" columnist in 1994. He is the author of numerous books, including When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the Old Knicks. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, Sport, Tennis, and Basketball Weekly. Born in New York City in 1952, he is a 1975 graduate of the City University of New York. Araton lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Coach13DA More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I grew up watching Yogi play . I also was a catcher who was short and Yogi was my motivetion to keep playing that position. It did me good to know about all of the people, especiall Ron Guidry, who have been and are taking care of Yogi in his twilight years. The book is well written and impossible to put down once begun. Yogi is a treasure.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Driving Mr. Yogi is a wonderful book about friendship, love, loyalty, aging, and forgiveness. By the time it’s over you know much more about two former baseball heroes than their on the field exploits. You wish you could be riding with them and sharing their camaraderie. This is much more than the average sports story. It is about life. Do not miss it.
baseballfanNK More than 1 year ago
You don't have to love baseball to love this book. Driving Mr. Yogi is exceptionally written and a wonderful insight into a heartwarming friendship between two Yankee greats. I was truly touched by the humanity of this story. Mr. Araton, whose columns in the New York Times are always must-reads, once again has hit one out of the park.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We should all have someone as devoted to us as Ron Guidry is to Yogi Berra when we reach Berra's age. A lovely story and book. Recommended for all, baseball fan or not.
avidreader3 More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone interested in the true meaning of friendship - for baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike.
MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
Baseball fans, whether Yankee fans or not, who want to read a feel-good story about friendship and baseball yarns will enjoy this book about two Yankee legends. When Yogi Berra ended his self-imposed exile from the team in 1999, that meant that he would be attending spring training. He would need transportation from the airport to the hotel and the spring training complex in Tampa. Enter Ron Guidry, the former Yankee star best remembered for his outstanding season in 1978 when he compiled a 25-3 record with a 1.74 earned run average. The simple task of picking up Yogi was the beginning of a long friendship between the two men that is told in a style that is both heartwarming and humorous. The book mainly focuses on Berra’s life and baseball career, but there are also several stories about Guidry as well. The stories are mostly the type that are shared over beers in a pub or on the porch when guys just want to pass the time by shooting the breeze. Not only are there stories about the two men in the title, there are also stories about George Steinbrenner, the golfing skills of Berra (there are so many of them that it could also be considered a book on golf as well as baseball), and the circumstances that led to Berra returning to Yankee Stadium after he was fired as the manager 14 games into the 1985 season. Readers who are looking to find new information on the Yankees or on Berra will not find it in this book, as many of the tales have been told in other sources. Nor does the book delve too deeply into Yankee history as the recollections are more about individual events involving Guidry and Berra more than entire recaps. That type of dialogue was what I was hoping to hear in this book and it delivered. Also, I must mention a funny Yogi-ism that was told in the book. When Berra was talking about the commercial he had to film, Guidry didn’t know what product he was endorsing. Berra was getting frustrated and told him it was the one with the “Affliction duck.” He was referring to the Aflac commercials. However, the narration in the book was disappointing. While trying to differentiate between the two men when quoted, the voice given to Berra was very distracting and sounded nothing like the man. Also, given a few hiccups it sounded like the narrator was not familiar with baseball – I will give two examples. One was when Guidry’s statistics from 1984 were mentioned, the narrator stated that he had a won-loss record of “10 to 11.” When citing a won-loss record, it reads “10 and 11.” The other notable error that baseball fans will catch was the mispronunciation of some player names. One that caught my attention right away was for former Yankee outfielder Ricky Ledee. In the book, his last name was pronounced La-DEE when the proper pronunciation is La-DAY. This made the otherwise good narrative a little less entertaining. This book is best read in its original form and will leave the reader laughing and feeling like he or she knows Berra and Guidry a little better.
Rangersteve7 More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed Driving Mr. Yogi.  The relationship between Yogi and Ron Guidry is both warm and sincere. I grew up watching Yogi play, and having read this book I learned more about his character, humor and insight. A fun read for all Yankee fans.
Dinozzo More than 1 year ago
This book brought to light the history between Yogi and Steinbrenner, gave insight into why Yogi stayed away from the Yankees for years. The "inside the clubhouse" view of the Yankees and the interaction between the current players & the living legends of the game was very interesting. Fun to hear about Guidry's frog leg cookouts and the other traditions of Yankee spring training. If you are a Yankee fan or love the history of baseball, this is a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The true story about Yogi Berra's exile from the Yankees and the friendship that made his return so special. This touching story highlights why Yogi Berra is a national treasure and creates a whole new appreciation for Ron Guidry. It will also make you hungry for frog legs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
bleacherbum99 More than 1 year ago
A good look at the longtime relationship between Yogi and Ron Guidry. The book drags a little, though, and is about 50-75 pages too long. It was probably best as a long magazine piece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
About an everlastiing friendship love yogi
efm More than 1 year ago
informative, sad in some respects, what a great career
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This book was vanilla. Had highhopes for this book enjoyed other books involving Yogi. Had trouble even finishing it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A huge disappointment. As a native new yorker and lifelong yankees fan i expected more from this book. It was just a fluff piece, witth no real insight. After the first chapter we get the picture; yes yogi and guidry have a special bond. There were no behind the scenes or inner inside workings of what was special between them. The book was amorphous in its scope and details. It reads like a column in the new york post and should have stayed a column and not a book for $14.00.
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