Talking About Yogi Berra: NYC, July 1
I’m proud to be on the program for the national convention of SABR, the invaluable baseball research group, on June 28-July 2, in New York City.
I’ll be on a panel about Yogi Berra – aptly titled “It Aint Over” -- with Dave Kaplan, Harvey Araton and Lindsay Berra, the oldest grand-daughter of Yogi and Carmen.
This means I can sit back and listen to Lindsay, a compelling presence who tells lovely stories about Yogi.
Kaplan, who founded the valuable Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, N.J., and my pal Harvey, still writing great stuff in the Times in "retirement,” also knew Yogi well.
I'm sure I can talk a bit about being a young reporter and asking a question of Yogi. Every so often my friend Big Al sends me an email, out of nowhere:
"Tell me, was Yoggalah some kind of clutch hitter?"
Just to rub it in to an aging Brooklyn fan.
Our time is 9:15 AM Saturday, July 1, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel at Grand Central Station.
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Carmen and Yogi. They met when she was a waitress at Stan Musial's restaurant in St. Louis. But what was Yogi wearing that one might not wear to a restaurant? It's in my Musial biography, and I will be glad to tell the story if somebody asks at the panel.
5/31/2017 10:07:38 pm
5/31/2017 11:55:19 pm
Altenir: too bad you and family and Yankee cap were just in NYC visiting Foley's. I will give you a report. G
6/1/2017 06:58:07 am
6/1/2017 09:15:02 am
Altenir: you are a true fan. That book was written by Harvey Araton, who will be on the panel. He lives in the same town (Montclair, NJ) of Berra and the museum and has a great insight into all things Yogi. I never knew about the Guidry-Berra friendship, and loved reading about them. I would hope people who attend the panel on July 1 will ask Harvey about it. GV
6/1/2017 02:54:36 pm
Saturday? What would Sandy say?
6/1/2017 10:40:54 pm
Sandy? Sandy who?
6/2/2017 01:55:09 am
Sandy Koufax: Sabbath observer
6/2/2017 08:59:49 am
Mendel, exactly. I was covering WS in 1965 when he observed. From all I know, he is an exemplary person. My friend Bob Welch considered him an older brother. When Bob got out of off-season rehab early 1980, first person he told was Koufax while they were running laps in Dodger camp. Koufax told him he should address the team in clubhouse, so there were no secrets, and Bob did it., Great advice from a good friend. GV
6/1/2017 04:50:03 pm
George, you have all the fun.
6/2/2017 09:04:37 am
Yogi and Clemente.
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