Driving Mr. Yogi by Harvey Araton

Driving Mr. Yogi

By Harvey Araton

  • Release Date: 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Baseball
Score: 4
From 76 Ratings
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“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


  • Driving Mr. Yogi

    By nyyankee15
    Great story Yogi and Gators relationship reminded me so much of me and my Dad !!!
  • A warm book about the beloved Yogi

    By Joe Dweck
    This is a really good telling of the close friendship between Yogi and Ron Guidry. Araton does a great job conveying the warmth between then as well as the glow that surrounds Yogi at all times. Even casual baseball fans will love the small stories about Yogi and his relationship with so many players and managers. And, as for Ron Guidry, your place in heaven is assured. Joe Dweck
  • What a GREAT book!!!!

    By Jimbo2405
    A very heartwarming story about two great Yankees bridging the gap to the next great Yankees. Definitely a must read for any baseball fan.
  • What a treasure!

    By AYankee4Ever
    I must confess that I am a huge Yankee Fan and I love everything about them but this book touched me so deeply. I laughed and cried and then I thanked the Good Lord that he made me a Yankee fan (although I'm not a big fan of Joe D!). Yogi is a treasure to the game of baseball.
  • Driving Mr.Yogi

    By Snail53
    The author captured and described the friendship and respect these two men have for each other beautifully, wonderful read..thank you
  • Baseball, friendship, respect and honor

    By resworb2091802
    That's it. You'll enjoy this.