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

By Harvey Araton

"How do you want to hang around with Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry in the course of spring education? humorous and candy, Driving Mr. Yogi transports you there." — Jim Bouton, writer of Ball 4

It occurs each spring. Yankees pitching nice Ron Guidry arrives on the Tampa airport to select up corridor of repute catcher and nationwide treasure Yogi Berra. Guidry drives him to the ballpark. They watch the younger gamers. They speak store. They consume dinner jointly and tease one another mercilessly. They exchange tales in regards to the greats they've got met alongside the best way. And the next day to come they do an identical factor all over the place again.

As each former ballplayer can savour, in that regimen, each spring, there emerges a definite magic.

Driving Mr. Yogi is the tale of the way a different friendship among a glass and catcher is renewed each year. it all started in 1999, whilst Berra used to be reunited with the Yankees after an extended self-exile, the results of being unceremoniously fired via George Steinbrenner fourteen years earlier than. A reconciliation among Berra and the Boss intended that Berra might attend spring education back. Guidry befriended "Mr. Yogi" immediately. in any case, Berra have been a mentor within the clubhouse again whilst Guidry used to be pitching for the Yankees. Guidry knew the younger gamers would receive advantages vastly from Mr. Yogi's encyclopedic wisdom of the sport, simply as Guidry had in the course of his taking part in days. So he inspired him to percentage his insights. quickly, an offhand batting tip from Mr. Yogi grew to become Nick Swisher's season round. tales approximately dealing with a hitter like Ted Williams or catching Don Larsen's excellent video game captured their imaginations. And in Yogi, Guidry chanced on not only an elder better half or resource of leisure — he came upon a top friend.

At turns soft, at turns laugh-out-loud humorous, and teeming with unforgettable baseball yarns that span greater than fifty years, Driving Mr. Yogi is a common tale in regards to the value of knowledge being handed from one iteration to the following, in addition to a reminder that point is what we make of it and compassion by no means will get previous.

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We have a network of 110 stations, and I have the job every night of walking into the best seat in the ballpark and describing Cardinal baseball for the folks in Missouri and Illinois, and Kentucky and Tennessee, and Indiana and Oklahoma, and Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, and Minnesota. “The thing that happened when they told me about this Ford Frick Award. All of my family, all of my friends, and the Cardinal fans told me that they were proud of me. And that made me so proud to have done what I was able to do, lucky as I have been.

Applause) “Yes sir, baseball has given me many happy days and fine rewards, but this day, the day of receiving the Ford Frick Award, is the pinnacle, the zenith, the most important day of my baseball life. I feel honored and privileged today to be here with you. My wife, Dutchy, thanks you. Our children all thank you, and from the very, very bottom of my heart, I thank you. ” (applause) The Writer St. Louis has been blessed with some of the best baseball writers in the country. Two of the greatest, J.

I miss being with my ballclub. . So when I’m able to digest what has transpired here this weekend, and Tuesday night walk up into the booth, have the best seat in the house, and broadcast for a team that has a pretty fair chance of winning this year, I want the Cardinal fans to know, when they hear me, that I’m humble, happy, and very grateful. Thank you. (applause) Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech Harry Caray Ralph Kiner’s Introduction: “It’s a pleasure for me to be able to be in this position to present the Ford C.

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