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Yogi

May 30, 2020

Time for a book report. As many of you know, I’ve been reading a lot. The book that I just finished last night was “Yogi” by Jon Pessah.

Click here for the Wikipedia entry. And, click here for the Baseball Reference site.

This is one of the biographies of Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees.

I am certainly not a Yankees fan but I thought it would be worth reading. It helped fill my baseball void during the pandemic. I even read it for free. I downloaded it from the Los Angeles Library’s ebook library.

Yogi’s life was certainly interesting. He played almost his entire career for the the NY Yankees (he actually played 4 games for the NT Mets in 1965). He managed both the NY Mets and Yankees. And, he coached for the Houston Astros.

Yogi was born in 1925 in St Louis MO and died in 2015. He broke into the bigs in 1946 for the NY Yankees. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

It seems that he is most famous for his “Yogi-isms” (quotes). Here are a few of his most popular quotes.

The most famous is his insight about discipline: It ain’t over ’til it’s over. Some are observant, if a bit fractured: If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, nobody’s going to stop them. Or It’s déjà vu all over again. Others are goofy: Never answer an anonymous letter. And this one: You better cut the pizza in four pieces; I’m not hungry enough to eat six. One is simply spot-on: I really didn’t say everything I said. Few are as sweet as his tribute to his wife: We have a good time together, even when we’re not together. And none more apropos at this moment: You should always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise, they won’t come to yours.

Bottom Line: I really enjoyed reading about Yogi.