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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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ISBN-10:  0393062333
ISBN-13:  978-0393062335
Author:  Allen Barra
Publisher:  W. W. Norton & Company
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review by . March 14, 2009
Author Allen Barra loves Yogi Berra. That's obvious after reading just the first few pages of his new book, "Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee." It's hard for anybody to not love Yogi in all honesty. He's been around for a long time and has managed to maintain a likeable profile without the assistance of image consultants or publicists. In other words, he's a genuinely decent person, which there are very few of these days.    Barra takes the reader on a journey that starts on "the Hill" …
review by . December 30, 2008
Yogi Berra is a former baseball player that has always presented two distinct personalities. There was the baseball superstar that some argue with justification was the best catcher in the history of the game. Yogi was not only a solid offensive player, he was also superb on defense and his knowledge of the opposing hitters and ability to call a game made many mediocre pitchers good to great. For years, Yankee manager Casey Stengel regularly referred to Yogi as his assistant manager.    …
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