The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream

The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream

Tom Clavin

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0062183788

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In The DiMaggios, acclaimed sportswriter Tom Clavin reveals the untold Great American Story of three brothers, Joltin’ Joe, Dom, and Vince DiMaggio, and the Great American Game—baseball—that would consume their lives.

A vivid portrait of a family and the ways in which their shifting fortunes and status shaped their relationships, The DiMaggios is a exploration of an era and a culture.

This comprehensive biography that recalls the work of Jane Leavy offers a trove of insight into one of the game’s greatest players and his family, sure to be treasured by Yankees fans, Red Sox Fans, and baseball aficionados around the world.

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wrists, and Dominic had worked hard to develop them. His value to the team was in getting on base and scoring runs. And as Vince had done in 1936, Dom led all PCL outfielders in assists. (He would repeat this feat the next season too.) The Seals eked out a berth in the playoffs by just a half-game over the Padres. In the first round, San Francisco faced the Seattle Rainiers, who were led by 18-year-old rookie pitcher Fred Hutchinson and his 25-7 record. (He would go on to have a very good

arrived, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway began running trains in and out of Martinez. Fishing became the other main industry in the area. The waters of the Carquinez Strait teemed with an abundance of sardines, salmon, and other fish, and initially there were not enough men to harvest them. Beginning in the late 1870s, fishermen from Portugal and then Sicily and other parts of Italy came to Martinez. They worked long days and sold their catches to canneries, to be shipped to San

Joe stroked three hits in the 7–4 victory, with Ruffing collecting a record-setting seventh World Series win (he had been tied with Lefty Gomez). But the Cards surprised them in Game 2 with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the eighth that held up for a 4–3 triumph. There was an even bigger surprise in the third game, at Yankee Stadium—a shutout, 4–0, by southpaw Ernie White, the first time the Yanks had been blanked in the World Series in 16 years. The Cards won the next game too, 9–6. Now the

discharged tomorrow, I would not return to the club. I would not play ball with the war still on.” This sounds like Joe being patriotic and showing solidarity with other ballplayers still in uniform. But then he added, “You say the fans would not hoot a man with a medical discharge. Well, I would not take the chance. I never will forget the going over some of the boys in the Stadium gave me before I went into the service.” For the Yankees, Joe couldn’t get back from the Army fast enough.

Yankee Stadium ended a 15-game winning streak, the longest streak in franchise history. In an 18–8 win over the Browns a week later, after Ted hit a grand slam, he was walked intentionally three times. During the first two weeks of June, the Red Sox enjoyed a 12-game win streak. Both streaks included thrashings of the Yankees in Boston and New York. Dominic and Joe were able to resume a practice they had begun in 1940, Dominic’s rookie season: “Joe and I picked up right where we left off in

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