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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 wat...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nick
This is a feel-good book, especially if you were, like me, a kid in New York whose interest in baseball and baseball players only grew stronger after the Dodgers and Giants deserted the city for the Pacific Coast. Not a bad move for baseball, but it meant that thousands of former Dodger fans had to listen to and watch Yankees games to get their baseball fix. I did, from about 1958 to 1962. Then I switched to the Mets, but during those few years, I developed a fan boy's love for those magic names...more
Matt
love baseball, don't like the modern yankees, hated the book.

driving mr. yogi, more like driving mr. boring. the book is poorly written and barely gets to the story of driving mr. yogi. mostly filler with a couple of interesting stories sprinkled in. on my list of baseball books to read, this is definitely at the bottom.

if you like baseball, check out "the numbers game," "six nights in august," "crazy '08," "the universal baseball association, inc." for an oldie but goodie, and, of course, "ball...more
Heather Jacks
I love baseball. Most Americans do. It perfectly captures human existence on a canvas of green, in Anytown, USA. It is sometimes filled with huge, never before seen plays that are cause for celebration. Often it is filled with seemingly unimportant minutiae. Ultimately it’s about people, because, in the end, people make the game; people with stories and histories; joys and sorrows, the old and the young; the black and the white and all the colors in between. Driving Mr. Yogi is about life after...more
Agnes Mack
Is Driving Mr. Yogi a good book for everyone? No, probably not. I do believe you need some interest in baseball and/or the Yankees to get sucked into this book, but if you fall into either or both of those categories, then you're in for a treat.

Personally, while I do love baseball - and more specifically the Chicago Cubs - I am not a huge Yankees fan. I remember some comedian or another comparing rooting for the Yankees to going to Vegas and rooting for the house. I think that's pretty apt,...more
Cheryl Gatling
Usually when an author admires his subject too much, it is called "hagiography," and is not to be trusted. You're supposed to look for a biography that depicts a man "warts and all." Well, Yogi Berra does have a few warts. He's got a little OCD thing going on with wanting everything done exactly the same way every time, and he's rigid about demanding people be on time. But that's it. Fellow Yankees Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher and Mariano Rivera love Yankee Berra. Managers of other teams welcome...more
James
If I could go half-star increments I'd give this one 3.5 stars.

Harvey 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 (though Guidry is quick to insist his relationship with Berra is not a pseudo father-son thing). The depth of their relationship really comes across in the final chapters, where a realistic Guidry acknowledges, “Look, we all know at some point in time, it’s going to end. He’s g...more
Sam Sattler
I suspect that Driving Mr. Yogi will almost exclusively be read by baseball fans, particularly fans of the love-them-or-hate-them New York Yankees. And that's a shame, because the book is actually a rather beautiful portrayal of love, respect, loyalty, and the powerful impact of mentoring by one generation of another. Yes, as its subtitle makes clear, this is a book about two of the greatest Yankees ever to play the game: catcher Yogi Berra and pitcher Ron Guidry, two men with little in common o...more
Timothy
Let's just get this out of the way: ignore the poor writing and just enjoy the ride.

'Driving Mr. Yogi' is kind of an odd mash-up of different things, partially because it was expanded from a New York Times article by Araton about Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry's friendship. It's both a bare-bones biography of Berra and Guidry separately, which actually works better than the average baseball biography. Instead of being weighed down by minutiae, Araton is free to only have the best stories and the most...more
Rudy Dalessandro
More than just a sports biography, and even more than a story of two friends - Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry - united by their common passion for the game of baseball, which they both excelled at as All-Star and Hall of Fame (Yogi, at least) professionals with the iconic New York Yankees, "Driving Mr. Yogi" is a story about the family that we find through athletic endeavors. This is an important component of modern human mental health, especially as revealed in studies highlighted in a recent New Yo...more
Jack
Jul 14, 2012 Jack rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: baseball fans, especially Yankee fans


Love Baseball. Hate the Yankees. Liked the book.

Yogi Berra transcends Yankeedom.

Publicly, Yogi is known for Yogiisms, those wonderful misnomers, many of which have become a part of our vernacular, such as “It’s like déjà vu all over again” or “That place is so crowded nobody goes there anymore.” Driving Mr. Yogi is an account of friendship, Yogi’s with former Yankee star Ron Guidry. It’s a story of an honorable, loving, giving man who was wronged by Yankee’s owner George Steinbrenner. Yogi staye...more
Donald
The title Driving Mr. Yogi comes from the the fact that Ron Guidry, former Yankees ace of the 70s and 80s, fell into the routine of picking up Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra from the airport at the start of Spring Training in 1999 when Berra returned to the Yankees family after ending a bitter feud with owner George Steinbrenner. That routine has lasted to this day. Not only does Guidry drive Mr. Berra around, but he takes care of the elderly Yankees legend, dining with him, making sure he gets...more
Steve
First question: Do you like baseball? Second, do you like Yogi Berra? Third, do you like the Yankees?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then this book is well worth your time. I started reading Harvey Araton years ago in the NY Times, so I knew he had the familiarity with the characters involved to even be able to write this highly entertaining book. Anyway, while Yogi and Ron Guidry (a boyhood hero of mine) are joined by baseball and a bond as celebrated Yankees alumni, Driving Mr. Yogi...more
Maxine Solvay
Great fun read for this X-Yankee fan. I loved the Mantle, Ford, Berra Yankees of my youth. Knew the line-up (still do) by heart and hung their pictures in my bedroom. I gave up on the Yankees when Steinbrenner fired Yogi. I followed Yogi to the Mets and "bought" Yogi for a dollar when he was put up on waivers by the Mets. During my "five minutes of fame" I got to meet Yogi. Even though Yogi forgave Steinbrenner, I never did until reading this book. Too much time has passed for me, so I'll never...more
Mike
It's easy to be jaded regarding the pro athletes of today. their contracts, attitudes motivation and most of all, their salaries have taken the passion I once had for sports and have driven me to do other things-like read books.....In the 60's the New York Yankees were the equivalent of rocks stars. Mantle, Maris, Whitey Ford and a goofy non-athletic blue collar catcher named Yogi Berra. This read centers on the relationship between Berra and another younger former Yank Ron Guidry. It is a tale...more
Donna
I LOVE baseball. That being said, I totally enjoyed this book which chronicles many decades in the life of Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry and the New York Yankees. The author gives the reader an inside look at the personalities, dreams, aspirations and family life of some of baseball's greatest legends. The New York Yankees have always been one of the most respected teams in major league baseball. After reading this book, I found a new respect for not only the team, but owners, coaches, and baseball all...more
Richard
I flew through the pages of this warm, wonderful story of Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and the friendship between them. The title of course alludes to "Driving Miss Daisy", a book I have not read and a movie I did not see. I did, however, read "Tuesdays with Morrie". This book shares some of "Morrie"'s qualities. And you don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it.

Yes, "Driving Mr. Yogi" is partially about baseball, its traditions, and its camaraderie. But it is much more than that. It's about the pr...more
Dean
I enjoyed this book. I am not a Yankees fan but it is impossible to be a baseball fan and not be aware of this franchise's importance in the lexicon and history of the Grand Old Game.
I really enjoyed the camaraderie of the Yankee family and how special it is to them to be a part of it. The relationship between Ron Guidry and Yogi Berra is special and unique. I think what I found most interesting was that, these guys were never teammates. Berra's career with the Yankees ended 10-15 years before G...more
Doreen
Jun 27, 2012 Doreen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Matthew, Diane, Stephanie, Chris
Recommended to Doreen by: Saw it on Goodreads
Baseball fans will love this book! You don't have to love the Yankees. You can be a Red Sox fan, like me, and still enjoy this book. Yogi Berra's and Ron Guidry's relationship is wonderful. Their love for baseball, the Yankees, and each other is evident in this book. The author does a wonderful job mixing baseball history with the story of Yogi. Especially fun, is Yogi's affinity for tradition and punctuality; something that has planted Guidry firmly in Yogi's life. Cooking batches of Cajun Frog...more
Andrea
You don't have to love baseball to love this book, it’s simply about friendship, loyalty, forgiveness and aging.. Driving Mr. Yogi is exceptionally written and a wonderful insight into a heartwarming friendship between two Yankee legends. By the time it’s over you know much more about two former baseball heroes than their on the field exploits. You wish you could be riding along with them and sharing in their camaraderie. This is not your average sports story, actually, although baseball in the...more
Mike
Every year (for the last several years) I've tried to read a book about baseball towards the start of the new season. This was 2014's book. An enjoyable story about Yogi Berra's relationship with Ron Guidry during their retirement from the Yankees and participation in spring training sessions.
Don LaFountaine
What a phenomenal book! If you ever wondered how much fun it would be to hang out with a Yankees' legend, read this book to find out. It makes you laugh, pulls at your heartstrings, and if you are not careful, you may end up having an interest in trying Cajun Frog Legs. (They are made out to be delicious, though I don't know.) Amongst other things, this book shows what baseball does better than any other sport: celebrates it's history. You can tell this book was written with a lot of love. Yogi...more
Mary
This is not the best book ever written. But it has a lot of charm. I first heard about it when watching the Yankee game on Yogi Berra's 87th birthday. He was at the stadium that day, and his golf cart was driven by Ron Guidry. The author of this book was there as well. So if you want to know more about the friendship that developed between Ron Guidry and Yogi Berra, this is a good book for you. (It also gave me a new appreciation of Nick Swisher.) I read this book in one day, starting it in the...more
Stephanie
The friendship that Guidry and Berra have is rare and shows that strength of their friendship still can exist. Even though they have an age difference and live in different parts of the country, nothing could stop them from reuniting in spring training. Yankees fans of all ages will love this book because current and past players, coaches, and owners are all included in this book. How their story is told is very interesting with a lot of firsthand accounts included. Each chapter is a distinct pa...more
Budd Margolis
This is a book about an endearing relationship between two Yankee players from different backgrounds, culture and ages. But the characters are Yogi Berra perhaps the most loved baseball legend ever and the mercurial pitcher Ron Gator Guidry. It is a story of love, respect, talent, humor, honor and integrity....a lost art in today's sports industry.
Linda Nichols
Baseball fans, Yogi Berra fans, anyone who loves a good love story, would love this book. I frequently found tears in my eyes as I read it. Yogi Berra is 87 years old and very frail, but he keeps on going with the help of his friends. Ron Guidry considers Yogi to be his best friend despite the difference in their ages. This is the love story of their relationship. I wonder if there is anyone in the world of sports, or in any realm, who is more beloved than Yogi Berra. I simply cannot think of an...more
Scott
You don't have to be Yankee fan to enjoy this book but it helps. Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry, two ex-Yankee baseball players, developed a friendship at Spring Training that has spanned decades. Although they are of different generations they are bound by their love of the game and Yankee history. Yogi was a Yankee manager when I was a child and Guidry was a star pitcher when I was in my teens. As a lifelong Yankee fan I enjoyed hearing behind the scenes recounting of events in Yankee history both...more
zumiee
The title of this book could just as easily be "What's Yogi been up to for the last 50 years?" and that would be just fine, because Yogi's had a pretty interesting life since retiring as a player. His life eventually intersected with Guidry's, and a solid friendship developed. The book occasionally dips into some heavy worship of the Yankee organization, but never dwells overly long there. The book, in a broader sense, is about pro ballplayers finding their way after their playing days are over....more
Mary V
I just finished "Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift", by Harvey Araton. It was a fun book for me to read because during the 1970's and 80's I was a great baseball fan. Though I didn't cheer for the Yankees, I still knew those players and had respect for their abilities. This book was about the inside storie of people I knew and some of the incidents I had read about at the time. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good book about real people wh...more
Sean Pfile
Very good baseball book....even if you hate the Stankees, this is a good and easy read.
Joe
A fun read sprinkled with humor. (How can it not when it's got Yogi in it?) You don't have to be a yankee fan to like Yogi Berra but it certainly helps. We get more insight into Yogi's current life, and his relationship with his long time friend Ron "The Louisiana Lightning" Guidry. We also get to see some of what was Berra's relationship with the now deceased George "The Boss" Steinbrenner.

A few stories are ones we may have read in previous books but a lot is stuff new to me. I really enjoyed...more
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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, Spo...more
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