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Yogi Berra is one of the most popular former athletes in American history, and the most-quoted American since Abraham Lincoln. The gripping biography of the legendary Hall-of-Famer is replete with n early 100 photos and countless Yogi-isms, offering hilarious insights into many of baseball''s greatest moments.
Allen Barra has written about sports for such publications as The New York Observer, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker.
"[YOGI BERRA: THE ETERNAL YANKEE] is not only comprehensive but also incredibly engaging, as Barra narrates the life of one of the most eccentric ballplayers of the 20th century."
"Barra brings to his sporting version of the Everyman story an encyclopedic knowledge and warm understanding of the game of baseball; meticulous research into business, sociology, and history; and a fluid writing style....Baseball biography taken to a higher level." (starred review)
"[YOGI BERRA] is...the portrait of an extraordinary American life. Yogi has packed a lot of living into his 84 years, and Mr. Barra chronicles them all entertainingly....[in this] compelling biography."
"Barra on Berra...makes for an impressive tome. It is an exhaustively researched, meticulously prepared, and lovingly presented biography of a man whom the author proclaims to be 'America's most popular former athlete.' "
From the Publisher
It could be safely and logically argued that Yogi Berra is the greatest baseball player in the history of the game. The ultimate goal of every player is to win the World Series, and Yogi's ten such titles are more than any other player in history. Since his retirement, however, Yogi's amazing playing career has often been eclipsed by his unforeseen rise to prominence as a poor man's philosopher, spouting brilliantly absurd, yet lucid truisms, such as "It ain't over till it's over" and "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be." Biographer Allan Barra presents Yogi as he has never been seen before, from his endearing childhood in an Italian neighborhood in St. Louis, to his short stint in the navy, to the glory days of the New York Yankees, and on through his neglected career as a fine coach and manager in the big leagues. As Yogi himself might say, "I didn't know I was so interesting."
An all-encompassing portrait of the iconic sports figure traces his childhood in multicultural St. Louis and his pennant and world Series wins to his epic rivalry with George Steinbrenner and his frequently quoted post-athletic career.
Editors Note 2
Presents the life and career of Yogi Berra, from his childhood to his legendary position in the Yankees, and through his epic battles and final peace with George Steinbrenner.