Saturday, May 13, 2023

It Ain't Over - An Excellent Documentary about Yogi Berra


I was fortunate to have lived through most of Yogi Berra's baseball career as I started following baseball in 1957 as an eight-year-old.  Younger baseball fans should see this documentary as it should help them develop an appreciation for the history of baseball. Yogi's granddaughter Lindsey Berra, executive producer, wants people to have a new appreciation for how good he was on and off the field. The film tells Yogi's story from humble beginnings in a working-class St. Louis neighborhood called "The Hill to his passing in 2015.  Some of the highlights are:
  • Jackie Robinson called safe after a collision with Yogi in the 1955 World Series
  • Yogi's refusing to set foot into Yankee Stadium after George Steinbrenner fired him as manager in 1985.
  • His amusing quotes such as "If you see a fork in the road, take it"
Derek Jeter, Joe Torre, Mariano Rivera, Willie Randolph, Don Mattingly, Joe Girardi, Tony Kubek, Ron Guidry, and Nick Swisher were baseball greats interviewed for the film.  Baseball journalists including Suzyn Waldman, Joe Garagiola, Vin Scully, and Steve Somers appeared.

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