This 1998 entry into the “Books by Yogi Berra” marathon, “The Yogi Book”, comprises 2 page layouts with a big photo on one page, a “Yogi-ism” in big colorful print on the other page, and a smaller paragraph of explanation. As an example, page 31 features a double image photo in which Yogi appears to resemble George W. Bush.
The book opens with a two page foreword by Yogi’s lifelong best friend, Joe Garagiola, followed by a two page introduction written by Yogi’s three sons; Larry, Tim and Dale Berra, and then the body of the book, the two page treatments of Yogi-isms.
I enjoyed the photos and I enjoyed the story flesh outs, but I’m beginning to recognize some overlap in this series of books by Yogi Berra. Nevertheless, I would like to share some of my favorite stories and quotes from “The Yogi Book”:
- I’ve gotten lost more than once going to Yogi’s house in New Jersey, so now I call for directions. Each time, I get a memorable response. A favorite is, “I know just where you are, Joey. You’re not too far. But don’t go the other way, come this way.”
- I could always see bad balls good. Yogi
- A writer asked me, “What makes a good manager?” I answered: “Good players!” Yogi
- Nolan Ryan says: If Yogi had gone to college, they would have made him talk clearer, but not better.
- “It was hard to have a conversation with anyone, there were too many people talking.” Yogi
- Playing golf one day, I started to complain that my shot was going to go into the water. My friend Kevin Carroll said, “Come on, Yogi, don’t be like that. Think positively.” I replied: “Okay, I’m positive my shot is going into the water.”
- I believe you have to take the good with the bad, otherwise how do you know when things are good? If the world were perfect, how would you know? Yogi
- “If I didn’t wake up I’d still be sleeping.” Yogi
- “I wish I had an answer to that, because I’m tired of answering that question.” Yogi
- “We have a good time together, even when we’re not together.” Yogi
- “You can’t lose if you win.” Larry Berra (Yogi’s son)
As I said earlier, there is some redundancy in these books written by Yogi Berra, but there’s also fresh stuff to savor in each one. I recommend “The Yogi Book” highly to any fan of baseball, or fan of Yogi, or student of life.