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As Berra once said during a game, ""The hell with the grammar... How did I look?"" Well- he still looks pretty good- one of the best loved men in the game who is happy doing what he likes the best-playing ball- and with his wife and youngsters. Berra's story includes, but disposes of, some of the mythology to which his childhood friend and sandlot teammate Joe Garagiola (Baseball is a Funny Game- 1960) has contributed. From a boyhood in St. Louis- a poor Italian neighborhood, to his hopes of being signed- along with Joe- by the Cardinals, and instead- a Yankee contract, to the interval in the Navy during the war, this goes on to Berra's career with the Yankees which found him in uniform at 22, and the play by play of the games, series, and seasons to follow. A likable fellow indeed provides a buoyant account as a preseason warm-up, and it certainly will connect with a readymade market- man and boy.

Pub Date: Feb. 3rd, 1960
Publisher: Doubleday