Driving Mr. Yogi

Driving Mr. Yogi

Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift

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“How would you like to hang out with Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry during spring training? Funny and sweet, Driving Mr. Yogi transports you there.” — Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four

It happens every spring. Yankees pitching great Ron Guidry arrives at the Tampa airport to pick up Hall of Fame catcher and national treasure Yogi Berra. Guidry drives him to the ballpark. They watch the young players. They talk shop. They eat dinner together and tease each other mercilessly. They trade stories about the greats they have met along the way. And the next day they do the same thing all over again.

As every former ballplayer can appreciate, in that routine, every spring, there emerges a certain magic.

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 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 him 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, at turns 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.

Narrative of the friendship that's developed between Ron Guidry and Yogi Berra as a result of Berra's annual trips to Florida for Yankees spring training.

Baker & Taylor
A narrative account of the friendship shared between the Hall of Fame catcher and the Yankees pitcher describes their annual reunions in Florida during spring training, offering insight into Berra's role in mentoring younger players.

Baker
& Taylor

A narrative account of the friendship shared between the Hall of Fame catcher and the Yankees pitcher describes their annual reunions in Florida during spring training, offering insight into Berra's role in mentoring younger players and their respective views on major players and events. 200,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547746722
0547746725
Branch Call Number: 796.35709 Ar15d 2012
Characteristics: x, 224 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm

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Jun 24, 2014

I truly loved this book as a long time Yankee fan and a lover of baseball. Great stories, a dash of humor and insights of two of the games great icons.

Agent13 May 21, 2012

This book is a must for any Yankee fan. However, its message of respecting the gifts, insights and life experiences of those before you should not be overlooked. Yogi Berra proves once again what a charming personality he is. Coupled with his (at first, reluctantly) driver and fellow Yankee Ron Guidry, a lasting friendship is forged over their spring training trips to Yankee camp. Along the way, we get to learn about an aging Yogi and his need to feel wanted and needed in his twilight years. There is so much in this book to recommend for the faithful reader. Please read it!

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