By Mark Fields

Baseball, for all its valiant efforts to modernize, is a game that harkens to the past more than the present or future. For some, like this writer, that is one of the sport’s greatest attractions. Yogi Berra is perhaps one of the most recognizable names and faces from baseball’s storied past, but more likely for his many product endorsements, talk show appearances, and wise malapropisms (popularly known as “yogisms”) than for his actual contributions to the game. Nevertheless, Berra had 10 World Series rings – the most of any player – and was also an All-Star 18 times. It Ain’t Over was motivated by a serious snub to Berra’s legacy when he was omitted from a 2015 tribute to the greatest living players of the game (Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Kolfax, and Willie Mays made the cut that Berra did not).

Disturbed by the omission, Lindsay Berra (Yogi’s granddaughter) and filmmaker Sean Mullin set out to correct the record with this heart-warming and reassuring biographical documentary. Briskly edited with numerous testimonial appearances by teammates, sportscasters, and celebrities, It Ain’t Over is a film primarily for lovers of the national pastime, but for that audience, it is a welcome addition to the summer movie schedule. And yes, the film devotes much attention to Yogi’s accidental and delightful pearls of wisdom.

Mark Fields
Mark Fields has reviewed movies for Out & About since October 2008. In addition, he has written O&A profiles of documentarian Harry Shearer and actress Aubrey Plaza. Over the years, Mark also has written on film for several publications in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and his home state of Indiana, where he also served as on-air movie critic for Indianapolis’s public radio station. Mark was an adjunct instructor of film history at Rowan University from 1998 to 2018. A career arts administrator, he retired in fall 2021 after 16 years as an executive at Wilmington’s Grand Opera House. Mark now leads bike tours part-time and is working on a screenplay. He lives in Trolley Square with his partner Wendy. Mark spent the fastest 22 minutes of his life as an unsuccessful contestant on Jeopardy…sadly, there were no movie questions.