Yogi Berra established a greatest-of-all-time model earlier than skilled athletes even knew what it meant to model themselves.
Take into account that one book he wrote incorporates a cowl photograph of him with the quote, “I didn’t actually say every thing I mentioned,” whereas another is titled “When You Come to a Fork within the Highway, Take It!”
That model of unintended sensible man performed an integral position in making Yogi a multi-generational icon. And it additionally undersold him. The true Berra possessed a depth and intelligence that belied his easy narrative of being easy. And, like the remainder of his species, he wasn’t excellent.
The true Berra, or one thing nearer to it than merely these legendary quotes, might be present in “Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask,” a 2020 biography written by Jon Pessah. I wouldn’t name it “warts and all,” since you received’t discover any bona fide warts right here. Yogi was by all accounts, together with this one, a good, honorable man. But this masterful guide particulars, painstakingly, what made Yogi Yogi, from his blue-collar upbringing in St. Louis to his time serving the US in World Struggle II to a season-by-season accounting of his taking part in profession to his managing and training to his remaining years as a Yankees dignitary.