Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee by Allen Barra


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  • Pub. Date: March 2009
  • 480pp
  • Sales Rank: 694,079
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    • Pub. Date: March 2009
    • Publisher:Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
    • Format: Hardcover, 480pp
    • Sales Rank: 694,079


    “Allen Barra brings a legendary figure from the true golden age of baseball to life.”—Bob Costas
    Yogi Berra is one of the most popular former athletes in American history, and the most quoted American since Abraham Lincoln. Part clown, part feisty competitor, Berra is also the winningest player (fourteen pennants, ten World Series, 3 MVPs) in baseball history. In this revelatory biography, Allen Barra presents Yogi’s remarkable life as never seen before with nearly one hundred photos and countless “Yogi-isms,” and offers hilarious insights into many of baseball’s greatest moments. From calling Don Larsen’s perfect game, to managing the 1973 “You Gotta Believe” New York Mets, Yogi’s life and career are a virtual cutaway view of our national pastime in the twentieth century.

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    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.)

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    Allen Barra is the best-selling author of The Last Coach: A Life of Paul "Bear" Bryant. His writing appears regularly in the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, Playboy, Interview, and Salon. He lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

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    A great story of the life of a true American sports heroby Anonymous

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    December 13, 2009: Mr. Barra has done a fantastic job of bringing Yogi Berra's story to sports and history fans. I had expected a book about a great Yankee ballplayer written only about baseball. What I got was a book about a man and the time he lived in as a ballplayer, war hero, family man, and businessman. Yogi is shown to possess all the attributes and ethical standards so often talked about but so seldom displayed.

    Did I mention that Yogi played baseball? The book gives great insight into players and teams of the 40's thru the 70's, with background data and stories of the players on and off the field.

    I recommend the book for baseball fans and for readers who want insight into life in the working class area of St. Louis.

    A Winnerby Anonymous

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    June 13, 2009: I bought this as a gift for my dad for his 75th birthday. As a lifelong Yankee fan, he has read every book out there written by and about the Yankees. He loved it! It is now being passed around between by three brothers, also Yankee fans,

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