The life and times of Yankee Yogi Berra, whose unique personality and unforgettable Yogi-isms sometimes got in the way of his being recognized as one of baseball’s very greatest catchers.
* Special talkback – Friday June 16th, 7pm screening – with Tim Funk, Larry Toppman, Stan Olson & Mark West.
Tim Funk is an award-winning reporter who covered religion, politics, TV and other beats at Charlotte Observer for35 years.
Lawrence Toppman wrote about culture for 40 years for The Charlotte News and Charlotte Observer. Before that, he covered high school, college and occasionally professional sports at The Press in Atlantic City, N.J. from 1977 through 1980. His athletic highlight was catching for the third-place Elks team in the 1967 Mount Holly (N.J.) Little League Championship.
Before his retirement, Stan Olson was a 40-year sportswriting veteran of the Charlotte News and Charlotte Observer, where he covered World Series, Super Bowls, NCAA Tournaments and even an archery event. He also ran his mouth for two decades as a weekly co-host on WFNZ sports radio. Through it all, baseball remained his favorite sport and Yogi Berra his favorite catcher.
Mark West is a former chair of the English department at UNC Charlotte.