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

77%

13 Critic Reviews

...Araton has fashioned a tribute to the days when teams could be considered families, rather than a collection of constantly changing faces. The book should soothe the soul of the most cynical sports fan.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

“Funny, revealing, and surprising . . . anything that brings new Yogi Berra stories is a good book." —MLB.com

Driving Mr. Yogi is the story of how a unique friendship between a pitcher and catcher is renewed every year. It began in 1999, when Yogi Berra was reunited with the Yankees after a long self-exile, the result of being unceremoniously fired by George Steinbrenner fourteen years before. A reconciliation between Berra and the Boss meant that Berra would attend spring training again. Guidry befriended “Mr. Yogi” instantly. After all, Berra had been a mentor in the clubhouse back when Guidry was pitching for the Yankees. Guidry knew the young players would benefit greatly from Mr. Yogi's encyclopedic knowledge of the game, just as Guidry had during his playing days, so he encouraged Berra to share his insights.

Soon, an offhand batting tip from Mr. Yogi turned Nick Swisher’s season around. Stories about handling a hitter like Ted Williams or catching Don Larsen’s perfect game captured their imaginations. And in Yogi, Guidry found not just an elder companion or source of amusement — he found a best friend.

At turns tender and laugh-out-loud funny, and teeming with unforgettable baseball yarns that span more than fifty years, Driving Mr. Yogi is a universal story about the importance of wisdom being passed from one generation to the next, as well as a reminder that time is what we make of it and compassion never gets old.

“A refreshing change from the normal diet of sports books out there . . . A warm, sentimental look at a baseball icon." —Tampa Tribune
 

About Harvey Araton

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Harvey Araton joined the New York Times as a sports reporter and national basketball columnist in 1991 and became a "Sports of the Times" columnist in 1994. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently, When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the Old Knicks. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, Sport, Tennis, and Basketball Weekly. Born in New York City in 1952, he is a 1975 graduate of the City University of New York. Araton lives in Montclair, New Jersey.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Mariner Books. 256 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Driving Mr. Yogi
All: 13 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 15 2012

A well-told tale of friendship with baseball as the backdrop.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

...Araton has fashioned a tribute to the days when teams could be considered families, rather than a collection of constantly changing faces. The book should soothe the soul of the most cynical sports fan.

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Book Reporter

Below average
Reviewed by Patrick Reardon on May 15 2012

There is very little in the book from today’s Yankee players and others in the organization that goes beyond the level of platitude. A fine book for a Yankee fan. For general readers, probably not.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Bob Luke

You don’t have to know baseball to be moved by the mutual tenderness and respect each displays towards the other...It’s a baseball book for the whole family, not just the men in house.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Tad Walch on Mar 31 2012

...our picture of Berra will be fuller and sweeter because of Ron Guidry's honor and Harvey Araton's book.

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Macleans

Excellent
Reviewed by Jaime Weinman on May 16 2012

After years of steroid scandals and cold-hearted business decisions, Araton has given us an old-fashioned story about the redemptive power of baseball.

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St. Louis Today

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on Mar 31 2012

Pro players are often portrayed as boors or boring human beings. Berra and Guidry have, blessedly, escaped that stereotype.

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Lancaster Online

Below average
Reviewed by Scott Eyman on May 19 2012

The problem with the book is that Araton has little emotional distance from the Yankees...The rapprochement between Steinbrenner and Berra...is given all the dramatic weight of Roosevelt meeting with Churchill at Yalta.

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It's About the Money

Excellent
Reviewed by Jason on Apr 12 2012

To call this book anything but enjoyable would be a lie. It is a challenge not to turn every page while smiling, as you hear Yogi’s voice in your head as you read his words.

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Sports Book Review Center

Below average
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Mar 13 2012

With that all said ... it seems like the story is a better fit for a long newspaper or magazine article than a book. There's some padding and duplication of material here in order to get the amount of words up to the size of a relatively short book. The 200-plus pages go by pretty quickly here.

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Agnes Mack's Books

Good
Reviewed by Agnes Mack on Apr 16 2012

Mr. Araton...wrote a well researched book peppered with fascinating behind the scenes baseball tidbits, and a generous, but appropriate, helping of stats.

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Bailey's Baseball Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by James B. on May 11 2012

Araton has stripped away the quipping, cartoon Yogi we see in Aflac commercials and shown us a man who might remind us of our own grandfather or father...

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Lady at the Bat

Good
Reviewed by Bernadette Pasley on Apr 03 2012

Mr Araton does a great job of reminding readers that the Yankees not only honor their past but include it in the present.… He also gives an insightful look at the personalities ofeach man, personalities that, until I read the book, I didn't know existed.

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