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...and I wouldn't have normally listened to a book about a Yankee, but this one came as part of a trade with Audible's "Book Sharing" feature. My friend sent me this and I sent him, Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty (that is a great book too). Overall I'm so glad we did this as I wouldn't have bothered to learn anything about Yogi otherwise.
Clearly an icon of the sport, but Yogi Berra is so much more and gave so much more to the game than most others ever did. My favorite part, but the same that I'm a bit disappointed in, was the snippet of Yogi's military history with the Navy. Seriously this could've been more detailed, but probably cut at the editor's desk with a comment like, "This is a baseball book not a World War II story." But that's me, in biographies, I want to hear the details of military service especially when it was only an anecdote in a larger story. Thanks for your military service Mr. Berra.
I was especially keen on Yogi's post playing profession, as a coach and manager, as well as his business acumen outside of baseball. I was stunned at his short stints as the skipper, despite his successes and aghast at the treatment given to this legend by Steinbrenner. I loved that he wanted to stay in the game as a coach and helped tie the Yankee generations together.
I listen at 3 x speed and had no problem with the narrator, even when he tried replicating Yogi's accent on one of his infamous malapropisms or one-liners.
A Yankee fan I am not, but a Yogi Berra fan I'll always be.
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A simple man from a working immigrant family becomes an iconic legend in America's national pastime, baseball. A diminutive giant among heroes in Yankee history, the bridge between old and new. Holder of some of the most prestigious major league records, particularly world series records, which likely will never be broken in the modern free agency era. A humble man dedicated to family and principle, remembered as much for his "Berra"ism expressions as his baseball ability. A book which captures the essence of the man while transporting the reader back to the glory days of baseball. Relive some outstanding historical events with the firsthand perspective only Yogi can provide. Most enjoyable. Those were the days.