“Yogi Berra — A gifted athlete, a witty philosopher, a true American treasure. You’ll enjoy his lessons of life.” –Tim Russert
“Yogi asked me to ‘write a blurb about how supposedly smart [he] is.’ Let me get this straight (as Yogi would). He’s got ten World Series rings, made both the Hall of Fame and All-Century Team in a breeze, handled pitching staff like Heifetz handled a violin, has been married to a beautiful woman for fifty-two years, played before the big salaries but still became rich, remains instantly recognizable for decades after he last played, and no one has ever said a bad word about him. And I’ve got to tell people how smart he is? You tell me. Could Einstein hit the curveball? Could Picasso? Yogi’s a genius — a lovable, one-of-a-kind genius.” –Bob Costas
Yogi Berra is one of America’s most beloved baseball heroes of all time, known as much for his wit and humor as he is for his exploits with the New York Yankees, for whom he was a three-time MVP and Hall of Famer. In his new book, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!, Yogi provides inspiring, funny, and surprisingly moving essays on life, happiness, and getting through the slumps.
Filled with Yogi’s inimitable and unwittingly wise aphorisms, these reflections focus on the valuable lessons he’s learned on and off the field. From his early years as an immigrant’s son who dropped out of the eighth grade, through his triumphant career as a player and manager who played in a record seventy-five World Series games, Yogi illustrates his homespun philosophies with apt analogies to his trove of baseball stories. He expounds on topics illustrated by his famous sayings, such as, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over” (persistence); “When you come to a fork in the road, take it” (making decisions); “We made too many wrong mistakes” (some mistakes are worse than others); and “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore” (teaching kids the value of money).
Each essay illustrates how the rules of life and baseball are uncannily similar. He explains his recipe for fulfillment and happiness with life lessons that are profoundly simple, simply profound — and classic Yogi to the core. When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! is a wise, humble, and touching book that’s a guaranteed winner. In short, it’s déjà vu all over again.
“Charming, funny, and always real.” –Library Journal
“. . . Could Einstein hit the curve ball? Could Picasso? Yogi’s a genius — a lovable, one-of-a-kind genius.” –Bob Costas
“Yogi Berra — a gifted athlete, a witty philosopher, a true American treasure. You’ll enjoy his lessons on life.” –Tim Russert
“Classic and unforgettable baseball stories and anecdotes.” –Yankee Magazine
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