Monday, October 8, 2012

Staff Pick: Driving Mr. Yogi


Driving Mr. Yogi:  Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift
Harvey Araton

I caught the last few minutes of the Charlie Rose television show which featured an interview of former Yankees baseball pitcher, Ron Guidry, and former Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra. Their discussion about this book made me want to read it.  The love between these two baseball players was evident, and this book defines that relationship.  The devoted care Guidry provided for the elderly Berra during Berra's visits to the Yankees' Spring Training in Florida was appreciated by the Hall of Famer.  Many baseball stories are told, and some will cause chuckles.  The not-so-funny relationship between the New York Yankees Baseball Team owner, George Steinbrenner, and Berra is presented, along with their reconciliation.  Some of Yogi's mentoring accomplishments and Guidry's achievements are acknowledged without a lot of baseball statistics.  Of course, the Louisiana connections with Guidry's frog legs dish and his family members bring pride to Louisiana readers knowing that Berra could not have had a better companion during Yankees Spring Training.

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