Yogi Berra remembered with exclusive footage from local baseball author

Posted at 10:27 PM, Sep 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 00:27:07-04

PARK CITY, Utah - Randy Reynolds might be sitting on a gold mine.  The Park City resident has hours of raw footage he shot of the late New York Yankee great Yogi Berra, but he's never done anything with it.

 "No one else in the world has this footage," Reynolds said.

He shot the footage back in 1994 when he was a freelance photographer.  It was the same year that Major League Baseball was undergoing a player strike.  It was at the same time, that Hall of Famer members Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Phil Rizzuto traveled to Vienna, Austria to promote the sport and to play in an exhibition game.  

 Reynolds was a nationally recognized skiing photographer in 1994 when he got a call from a friend who asked if he could travel with Berra's group to Vienna.

 "I didn't think I was qualified," Reynolds remembers. "I was nervous I wouldn't do a good job."

 Reynolds traveled with the group as they toured the country, and made stops at local churches along the way.  His experiences led him to write a book called "A Baseball Story Never Told."  However, he still has not published the video he shot from his time in Vienna, in large part, because he hasn't had the time, or money.

 Today, Reynolds owns his own Taxi Cab company, All Canyons Transportation, and in his free time he works to put together a documentary from the footage he's shot.

 "We're not talking hours here," Reynolds says of the time he's spent working on the film. "We're talking years. I keep getting side tracked with other things needing to get done."

 After news that Yogi Berra passed away Tuesday, Reynolds says he now feels the pressure to get the film completed.  But he says the task sometimes feels daunting.  He says he's good at shooting, but editing, is not his specialty.  At times he ponders giving up altogether, until he remembers one of Yogi Berra's most famous sayings, "It's not over until it's over."