Lawrence Peter Berra was born on May 12th 1925 and would go on to make an impact, not only in baseball, but in popular culture. Signing with the New York Yankees, known as Yogi because of how he sat in the dug-out, Yogi Berra caught the attention of his peers and captured the hearts of the American public.
However, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses and because he was short, had big ears and big hands he became a figure of fun for the media. There was even a famous bear named after him to which he didn’t take too kindly.
It Ain’t Over is a documentary about Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers with a career that went from player to coach and from the highs of Yankee stadium, to the lows of selling products on TV to trade on his public persona. With many interviews from Berra’s friends, family and colleagues, It Ain’t Over sets to put the record straight and remind people of his impact.
As all good baseball stories start out, Yogi Berra’s started playing with his friends. A career which many may have not considered what with Berra’s physical stature. However, he went ahead and proved them wrong by being able to do the things that other players couldn’t.
His natural progression would then to become a manager and to great success over twenty years, but his unceremonious firing not only enraged the fans, but also Berra himself as he felt betrayed.
However, even the most casual baseball fan would have heard of his Yogi-isms and although the documentary wants to downplay his comedic caricature, it wouldn’t be the same without a section on his contradictory genius and so it does. Exploring Yogi’s wit and insightful intelligence, his impact on people not only made them smile, but also made them think.
Overall, It Ain’t Over is a passionate documentary from a family who are clearly still very much missing their father. A fitting tribute that reminds its audience of what a great player/manager he was, also showing that he may have been imitated, but Yogi Berra’s legacy will never be copied.
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