Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask

Little, Brown. Apr. 2020. 576p. ISBN 9780316310994. $30. SPORTS
While a number of books have been written about Yogi Berra (1925–2015), none are as comprehensive as this in-depth account by sportswriter Pessah (The Game). Featuring firsthand interviews with those who knew Berra well, supported by research from secondary sources, the book sheds insight into baseball history during Berra’s playing career (1946–63). Pessah offers a year-by-year recounting of Berra’s evolution as a catcher for the New York Yankees, including ten World Series championships. Yankee fans will appreciate knowing more about Berra’s relationship with owner George Steinbrenner and teammates Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Not only does the work focus on Berra’s career, it also explains how he became such a legendary figure in the sport. The one possible drawback might be the work’s high level of detail, which may be overwhelming for most casual readers.
VERDICT A thorough, engaging read for Berra fans and Yankee admirers.

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