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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  291 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
An exciting new collection of sublimely simple wisdom from a bestselling author, celebrated athlete, and a true American hero. Three-time MVP and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra hit home runs twice in a row with his two previous books, The Yogi Book and It Ain't Over. Now, his winning streak will continue with this latest work--a collection of appealing, funny, and surprisingly m ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published May 23rd 2001 by Hachette Books (first published 2001)
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Paul Pessolano
Jan 11, 2016 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it


“When You Come to the Fork in the Road, Take It!” by Yogi Berra with Dave Kaplan, published by MJF Books.

Category – Baseball/Humor Publication Date - 2001

Yogi Berra was one of the elite baseball players of his time. He succeeded not only as a player, but a coach and manager. He played in more World Series games than any other player, and this record will probably never be broken. Who would name their son Yogi?, not Mrs. Berra, Yogi’s first name is Lawrence and he received the nickname because of
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John Yelverton
Jan 02, 2012 John Yelverton rated it really liked it
A hilarious book from one of the greatest characters in the history of baseball.
Wendy Kendall
Nov 02, 2014 Wendy Kendall rated it liked it
Yogi Berra was a 15-time All Star baseball catcher, winning the American League MVP three times. He played in 14 World Series and holds numerous World Series records including most games by a catcher (63), hits (71), and other records in his stellar career. His “Yogi’ism” sayings are as famous as his gleaming performance on the baseball diamond.

In this quick read, Yogi Berra’s favorite phrases are related to optimistic, helpful, everyday life wisdom. He explains the wisdom behind his humorous sa
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Chase Tyillian
When You Come To a Fork in the Road Take It
This book talks about different situations that Yogi Berra went through successfully. The most important part is that he isn’t a normal author. He was a professional baseball player. He didn’t even finish school; he dropped out of school and started to work. He tells you multiple times that you should never do that because you are throwing your life away by not finishing. He says this and my parents also say this, “Finish school now, so you don’t have t
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Phil Hill
Jun 16, 2015 Phil Hill rated it really liked it
Pure Yogi,one of the great ambassadors of major league baseball. This one will keep you smiling and laughing at his simple way into his Yogi-isms. They came without a second thought nor were they per-rehearsed. One of the greatest catchers of all-time and he still holds many records for a catcher yet today. But the one I like and have stumping people on is, "Who was the catcher that ever hit a home run in a all-star game?" Yogi, BABY! Wouldn't you have loved to have sit in the dugout with Yogi a ...more
Ice
May 12, 2010 Ice rated it really liked it
Hall of Fame philosopher Yogi Berra's When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! is another volume of musings and malaprops, and the advice implicit in the title is sound indeed. Just listen: "Throughout life you come to serious forks in the road--decisions," Yogi tells us. "Which path do you choose? Sometimes it's tough.
People are always afraid of making the wrong choice." Not Yogi, who explains that tragedy lies in paralysis, not bad choices or regrets, and offers personal examples from on
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Richard
Aug 30, 2008 Richard rated it it was amazing
Yogi is one of the greatest baseball catchers ever. And is one of my favorite baseball players of all time. He has more World Series Rings than any other player. He has a unique way of saying things which have been picked up by the press over the years. Yogi has put them in a small book with each one heading a chapter. He then gives some baseball history as he saw it that made him say it. The following are some of my favorites:
Slump? I Ain’t in no slump. . . I just Ain’t hitting.
Public speaking
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Stan Crader
Dec 30, 2015 Stan Crader rated it really liked it
Great book for anyone with an inkling for baseball, which every American should. And for those who don't, this book is the perfect therapy to fix that problem. I've always been a fan of Yogi Berra, but never a fan of the Yankees; now I'm a fan of both. I like to claim that almost all good things come from Missouri; Yogi is a Missourian that helps prove my point. It's an easy fast read and a great book for everyone, especially those who claim they don't like to read. It s a cure for many things. ...more
Eric
Jan 09, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it
Yogi provides sage advice suitable for all of us. This book is less about baseball and Yogi's history within it and more about the life lessons he picked up along the journey of a truly appreciated and fortunate life. His sometimes humorous and always thoughtful anecdotes seem to come directly from his heart. He was one of a kind and he only asks for nothing less from the rest of us.
Chris
Sep 23, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
Because of Yogi Berra's passing today, 9/23/15, I went looking for this book on my shelves but couldn't find it. I remember he wrote it in chapters based on his sayings. He explained the circumstance he said it and then provided a short essay or life lesson based on it. Very genuine and humorous as well.
Liz
Sep 29, 2015 Liz rated it liked it
Found this on my bookshelves while I was putting away my book sale books just a few days after Yogi Berra's death. So thought it would be appropriate to read it now. Fun and fast read with advice for living life in sports and off the field. Learned a bit about his childhood.
Michael Kjeldsen
Oct 23, 2009 Michael Kjeldsen rated it really liked it
This story is (non fiction) about Yogi Berra and his career as a baseball player and a manger. He tells you about his conflicts as a coach and a Yankee. As you read the book you will pick up wisdom.

the story is told threw his life lessons as a child, ball player, and a coach. He has to deal with all of the aces and pains as he plays one of the hardest positions in baseball catcher. He goes through finacial issues. Then he explains how he works through it and gives you the reader advice on how yo
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Ravi Sinha
Jul 08, 2015 Ravi Sinha rated it it was amazing
I'd heard quite a bit about Yogi Berra, so I was curious when I came across this one. Great, quick read/ listen. Simple, yet profound, entertaining, and mildly inspirational. Yogi's life reminds me of Forrest Gump or Richard Feynman :-)
Ed
Nov 07, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, biography, sports
B Berra - Sub-titled "Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes. 40 short essays tied to famous Yogi quotes.
Mayda
Feb 03, 2012 Mayda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir, humor
America got lucky twice: first they watched Yogi Berra as a baseball player and then they discovered him as a philosopher. Yogi managed to combine the essence of both and the delightful outcome is When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! In this memoir, Yogi recounts his baseball days with candor and uses these examples to deal with life’s ups and downs. We learn about the good choices he made as well the mistakes, and what is superficial and what is really important. The advice he doles ou ...more
Mary
Oct 20, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
yogi gives his advice, often humorous, but actually often with old-school wisdom.
Judy Scheibach
May 31, 2014 Judy Scheibach rated it it was ok
When you come to a book with a corny title, skip it.
Steve Stickel
Jul 23, 2015 Steve Stickel rated it it was amazing
I feel like I just had a conversation with an amazingly humble man who was a great athlete. Great book.
Frank Taranto
Feb 02, 2011 Frank Taranto rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, sports, baseball
Yogi being Yogi is much more interesting and deep than Manny being Manny.
Yogi is one of those people whose innate intelligence and knowledge shine through despite his lack of education. The book is full of great baseball stories and other vignettes of his life. What really shines through is homespun philosophy of doing the right thing because it is the right thing.
He talks of setting goals, because you can't get somewhere if you don't know where you're going.
Simple and profound.
Don Weidinger
Dec 23, 2012 Don Weidinger rated it really liked it
great life lessons, from the St Louis Hill, d-day landing, leave room to move in negotiations, its not over till its over--keep striving, if you can't immitate then don't copy, "Keep trying. Stay humble, Trust your instincts. Most importantly, act. When you come to a fork in the road, take it." , watch and observe and listen, its not what happens to you its how you handle and react to it, we agree different.
Mom
Mar 29, 2012 Mom rated it liked it
I liked reading about The Yankees so all of that was wonderful.
I always liked Yogi. He liked Joe DiMaggio and Joe Garagiola. Me too.
I did not like the part where he was fired from the Yankees, and he explained that part too. He was one of my original Yankees. Just as Derek Jeter is one of my little boys from the Columbus Clippers.

Wonderful reading if you like the Yankees.
Walt
Oct 19, 2013 Walt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other
This was a surprisingly good read. Being a big Yankee fan I thought this would just be a fun little book and it was. Aside from his stories of his life you discover Yogi is an amazingly has an amazing wisdom. Each chapter contains important lesson in Yogi's simple straight forward speech. This book is full of great advise on baseball, business, and life.
SCupp
Mar 25, 2008 SCupp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like baseball and are a fan of Yogi Berra
This book is about Yogi Berra who played professional baseball. The book had different quotes that he said in his life and he explained them by telling people his life stories. I liked this book because I like softball and I can relate to the things that Yogi says.
Britta
Jan 06, 2010 Britta rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved Berra's frank and honest approach in this book. I was taken back to a time when life didn't seem as complicated as it does now. I also enjoyed learning the the background stories to many of his well-known (and sometimes misquoted) quotes.
Kathy
Jan 14, 2011 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Picked it up for a roadtrip, but Carl wasn't interested in it. It's only 2 CDs so I listened to it while undecorating. He enjoyed his years in professional baseball, but being close to family is what keeps him happy.
Pete Nuñez
Dec 11, 2015 Pete Nuñez rated it it was amazing
Pretty Cool read. Awesome quotes, awesome story of a person told his whole life that he will never make it to the big leagues.
Mark
Aug 12, 2011 Mark rated it liked it
This is a very funny book, with plenty of wisdom to go with the laughs. I laughed hard enough to cry several times.
Lonnie
May 12, 2012 Lonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good easy read of some thoughts about baseball, business and family from one of the icons of baseball.
Rosemary
Aug 18, 2013 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick and fun read. Darn nice man. Warm, friendly, caring, family focused, loyal and lover of baseball.
Rachel
Jun 15, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yogi Berra is just wonderful. This book is so funny and laugh out loud hilarious at times.
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Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra was an American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–1965) for the New York Yankees. Berra was one of only four players to be named the Most Valuable Player of the American League three times and is one of only six managers to lead both American and National League teams to the World Series. As ...more
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