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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 [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Yogi Berra , Dave Kaplan , Dale Berra
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March 28 2001
Everyone knows Yogi Berra for his famous non sequiturs : "It ain't over 'til it's over." "It gets late early out here." "The future ain't what it used to be." They seem like throwaway lines, but over time they reveal deeper meanings--playful truths, like Zen koans. Yogi's not trying to be mystical, but his seemingly simple phrases reveal the depth and wisdom of his mind.

In this book, Yogi takes his experiences as one of baseball's all-time heroes and turns them into funny, appealing, and moving essays on the game of life. His philosophy is plainspoken and down-to-earth, hones through more than 50 years of reflecting on the game of baseball: "Keep trying. Stay humble, Trust your instincts. Most importantly, act. When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

In his inimitable style, using apt examples from his personal trove of baseball stories, Yogi tells us what really matters in life; what it takes to win, how to learn from losses, how to remain true to yourself, and how to be happy even when life is throwing you nothing but knuckleballs.



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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 and off the field to prop up his profundity.

Like its predecessor, The Yogi Book, Fork is essentially a collection of Yogi's well-traveled observations from out of left field, but it's much more than just déjà vu all over again. Instead of explaining, as he has before, what prompted a particular Yogi-ism or what he was really trying to say, Yogi does his best to go deep. The charm is that Yogi's so guileless, he makes it work--there's sagacity in his simplicity. Each Yogi-ism gets its own short chapter in which Yogi riffs off the phrase to dispense a bit of homespun wisdom and inspiration. "It gets late early out there"--we get old before we're ready, but here's how to cope with it. "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him"--we all need to be true to ourselves. With Yogi's latest career as a successful author, not only ain't it over for him, there's happily no end in sight. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Upping the ante of such bestselling titles as It Ain't Over and The Yogi Book, When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes collects more anecdotes and bon mots from the Yankees' Hall of Fame sage, Yogi Berra. A collaboration by Berra and Dave Kaplan, who is executive director of the nonprofit Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, a sports education facility at Montclair State University (close to Berra's home in Montclair, N.J.), the book pairs 40 classic Berra aphorisms "It's déjà vu all over again" and "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded" among them with Berra's glosses and expansive colloquial commentary to help readers in their own decision making. Along the way, we learn the secrets to his 50-year marriage with "Carm" (they "talk over everything") and to his three-time MVP career as a player and pennant-winning seasons as a manager.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars We can all learn a lot from Yogi Berra April 24 2004
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Yogi Berra is an American treasure, epitomizing many of the things that make America great. As a legend in life as well as a legend in baseball, the common-sense pearls of wisdom that drop from his lips are as instructive as they are humorous. I consider Yogi the common man's philosopher. This book offers forty chapters, each containing helpful advice, based upon a famous Yogi-ism, as well as inspiration to the reader. Most of us already know most of these lessons, but we need to be reminded of them periodically. Yogi is the perfect teacher. He is humble and honest, perfectly willing to use his own failures as well as his successes as object lessons for the rest of us; he also speaks from the heart in plain language. I love the unpretentious nature of this book; maybe it breaks a few rules of proper grammar, but it comes across in such a way that you half believe Yogi is sitting in the room with you and just talking. Yogi does offer up a number of parallels between baseball and business, stressing the importance of true teamwork, loyalty, and the personal involvement and commitment of all involved, but most of the lessons he imparts here are lessons about life and the proper way to live it. All the inspiration and wisdom aside, though, I have to admit that what I enjoy the most is Yogi's baseball stories. Baseball was a different game back when Yogi was playing, and I'm sure I'm not the only fan whose love of the game has faded as the game has turned into an impersonal industry. Yogi represents baseball at its best.
I also enjoyed learning a little more about Yogi's personal life - heck, I didn't even know how he got the name Yogi before I read this book. Here's a kid born in St.
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Format:Paperback
You don't need to be a baseball fan to enjoy (and benefit from) the words of wisdom in Yogi Berra's book, "When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!". Yogi explains and refines the numurous malapropisms that he noted for is this short and quick read.
Without going into the many "Yogi-isms" found in this book, let me suffice to say that you'll get a better perspective on life after reading it. Yogi does a great job giving advice and sharing his worldly experiences with the reader in his own inimitable way. This would be an outstanding graduation gift to share with young people ready to embark on their own life journey. I think it would especially appeal to young athletes who may already be somewhat familar with the Berra legacy.
Older readers will certainly enjoy the "Yogi-isms" that are used as the chapter titles and the numerous pictures from Yogi's photo archive. Yogi is a lovable baseball figure who has furthered his appeal factor by putting his thoughts down in words. Here's hoping that each reader will take something a little different from the experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "He's Learning Me All His Experience" Dec 28 2001
By Todd
Format:Hardcover
This famous Yogi-ism not only is the subject of one of the chapters in this very entertaining book, but it could just as well be the title of the book itself. Reading this gem reminded me of getting to spend an afternoon discussing life and its simple lessons with a favorite uncle or a grandfather who wants to pass on the wisdom he's accumulated over the course of a long and interesting lifetime.
The extent to which many of Yogi's malaprops have become ingrained in the American lexicon ("it ain't over til it's over," and "it's deja vu all over again") is testament to just how clearly and simply Yogi sees life. This book expands on that view with short 2-3 page chapters, each of which is titled by one of his famous sayings. Each chapter discusses how that particular malaprop can be applied to life in general. For example, in the chapter entitled, "It Gets Late Early Out Here," Yogi discusses how growing old happens to most people before they're ready for it and how so much can still be gained from life, even as the body begins to slow down.
The humor in the book is not limited to the 30+ Yogi-isms that title the chapters. Real zingers are buried in the text throughout and make for a thoroughly enjoyable way to "learn all his experience."
Even non-baseball fans or those with lifelong allegiance to a Yankee rival will find this book to be a wonderful, simple, humorous look at life.
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Format:Hardcover
Yogi Berra was not your "fit in the mold" average academic student. As a matter of fact, he left at an early age, but the wisdom learned did not end with his scholastic studies; many of his lessons came from the school of hard knocks. With that in mind, Yogi has earned his degree. He has rolled with the punches, learned from his trials and tribulations and obviously has no regrets. His super-phenominal success aside, he is your typical, honest, humble Mr. Nice Guy. He has the innate ability to earn your trust, warm your heart and inspire one to reach for the stars, reminding us they are but a fraction away from our finger-tips.
The Yogi-isms are ones you will find yourself repeating many times over in a variety of situations. Some are quite humourous, others rather thought provoking. Yogi has a way of making us see the importance of remembering who we are and where we came from; clearly, he has not forgotten. One does not need to be a die-hard baseball fan to enjoy this book or understand the wisdom contained among the pages. Yogi certainly hit a home-run with this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight talk from Yogi
This collection of short snippets of wisdom from Yogi Berra is an enjoyable and ,yes, profitable read. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by R. J. Marsella
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, quick read.
Yogi is still a lovable character to read. His words aren't just silly misquotes he's said throughout the years. Read more
Published on June 17 2002 by M. D. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Even if you are not a yogi fan or a Yankees fan..this is a book that you will enjoy. Down home, no BS plain and simple lessons in life
A book you can read in small or large... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2001 by Gerry Tortorelli
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a Kind Inspiration
For a man who only reached eighth grade, Yogi truly is an genuis. Applying a lot of common sense philosophies and ideas, he has put together at times a funny, inspirational, and... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2001 by Todd Hawley
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Inspiration
As only Yogi can do, he brings many tough life issues down to the ground level. This book is a collection of 2-3 page "truths" according to Mr. Berra. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2001 by Dana P. Nickell
4.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration
every young person should have to read this book. It relays the message that if you want to do something, you CAN do it. A lot of common sense here and should motivate people. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2001 by Roberta L Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun .. Fascinating .. Well Worth Reading!
I bought this book for several reasons...#1 .. I had the pleasure of meeting Yogi Berra when he played a doctor on "General Hospital" where I worked as Casting... Read more
Published on June 17 2001 by Nancy E. Barr
4.0 out of 5 stars When Taking the Bull by the Horns, You'll See the Point!
Yogi Berra is our modern day version of Will Rogers. He talks about life and what he sees, and captures a fundamental truth and humor that tickle our fancy and our sense of what's... Read more
Published on June 14 2001 by Donald Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars "We'll Eat This Cake Any Day!" screamed the classmates.
I think the main attraction of a book like this is by far its most appealing aspect. This book is filled with several pages, including 'notes' by Yogi Berra in which he describes... Read more
Published on June 11 2001 by Bob Amsk
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