"In the 1957 Series, despite the hostility between the Yankees and Braves, Yogi went out of his way to learn his experience to the twenty-three-year-old Henry Aaron, who, after all, had hit only .322 that season.
"Hank," Yogi reminded the NL's batting champ of 1956 in a tone of avuncular concern, "you need to hold the bat so you can read the label. You're gonna break that bat. You've to to be able to read the label."
"Didn't come up here to read," Aaron calmly replied.
Berra would often tell the story following the loss.
Barra writes that while many thought it was another of Yogi's needling tactics to get into batters' head, Aaron thought it more as light conversation.
"I didn't take it that way," Aaron said in a 1992 interview. "I always enjoyed coming to bat when Yogi was catching. He helped me relax, and I hit better. I had no problem talking to him. I just wasn't very interested in talking about the label on my bat. I just wished he had talked to me about movies, or fishing, or something else."
The Yankees defeated the Braves in another seven-game Series in 1958.