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Joe Dimaggio
David Jones
0313330220
Dec 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up–A complex view of an American baseball legend. Twelve chapters, each headed by a quote to set the tone, chronologically discuss DiMaggio's professional career and personal life from his roots as a son of Sicilian immigrants and one of nine children to his death in 1999. Jones describes the highs and lows of the "Yankee Clipper's" life and the people who influenced him in positive and negative ways. Opinion is supported with careful documentation as Jones is kinder to DiMaggio than Richard Ben Cramer is in his biography, Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life (S & S, 2000). Each chapter includes source notes. Nine black-and-white photographs are interspersed into this story of a man who did not know how to handle either his fame or fortune at a time when baseball needed a hero. Injuries plagued...


Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life
Richard Ben Cramer
0684865475
October 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
In a stunning feat of meticulous reportage, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ben Cramer ultimately puts to rest the "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" question with iconoclastic bravura. In Cramer's evaluation, the hero America held onto so desperately for so long was really a creation of a nation's communal imagination. The Joe DiMaggio that America tried so hard to believe in was never really here at all.

There was, of course, a Joe DiMaggio, and he had a splendid career in Yankee pinstripes--once hitting safely in an unimaginable 56 consecutive games--and a troubled marriage with Marilyn Monroe, each augmenting the other in our national mythology. But myths tend to be skin-deep, and Cramer's biography thrives in an internal geography well below the surface. The map he charts is of a cold, small, often nasty,...



Joe Dimaggio
George De Gregorio
0939219069
May 1990
Paperback
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Joe DiMaggio: Young Sports Hero
Meryl Henderson (Illustrator)
0689831862
September 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Joe DiMaggio was a star centerfielder for fifteen years, helping the Yankees win the pennant in his rookie year. He played in ten World Series and in eleven All-Star Games. The image of American achievement and dignity, DiMaggio isn't just a sports legend, he is a true American hero.


Joe DiMaggio
Kevin Viola
0822530813
September 2005
Hardcover
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Joe DiMaggio
Lois Sakany
0823937798
August 2003
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Describes the life and career of the legendary New York Yankees star Joe DiMaggio.


Baseball's Best: Five True Stories (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 4 Book)
Andrew Gutelle
0394809831
March 1990
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Guttelle details one outstanding accomplishment of five different major-league baseball Hall of Famers: Babe Ruth's often disputed "called" home run, Joe Dimaggio's record 56 consecutive game hitting streak, Jackie Robinson's breaking the major league baseball "color barrier," Robert Clemente's 300th hit and tragic death, and Henry Aaron's 715 home runs that broke Ruth's seemingly invincible record. Each is described in less than ten pages, allowing for little background information about either the feat or the ballplayer. Undistinguished illustrations and stock black-and-white photographs accompany the text. No table of contents or appendices are included. While the book is factually accurate, there is some fictionalizing of thought and dialogue, and the writing style is quite dry despite the inclusion of...


Joe DiMaggio
Martin Appel
079101164X
July 1990
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
For a generation that may know DiMaggio only as the Mr. Coffee spokesman, Appel recounts the highlights of the "Yankee Clipper" baseball legend. In center field and at bat, DiMaggio led his team to 10 American League pennant wins and nine World Series titles in his 13 seasons with the Yankees. His 56-game hitting streak in 1941 has never been surpassed, and his 361 home runs have kept him on the all-time record list. Other biographies delve more deeply into DiMaggio's psyche and personal life, but Appel gives readers a solid--if brief--portrait of a talented, private man. DiMaggio's unsuccessful marriages to actresses Dorothy Arnold and Marilyn Monroe are briefly discussed, as are the tributes and events of his retirement years. A nostalgic selection of black-and-white photos enhance this creditable addition...


Streak: Joe DiMaggio and the Summer of '41
Michael Seidel
0803292937
March 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
It is generally agreed among baseball experts that one of the most unusual records in the game is Yankee centerfielder DiMaggio's feat of achieving a hit in 56 consecutive contests in 1941. Here Columbia University professor Seidel recaptures the excitement of that streak and places it against the backdrop of the dramatic events in world history that were taking place at the same time: deputy Fuhrer Rudolph Hess's bizarre flight to England, the Nazi capture of Crete and Hitler's attack on Russia. Seidel recreates the era, from the price of bread and new subway rides to the arrival on the screen of The Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart. But the principal focus is Joltin' Joe and his teammates and Seidel tells their story in memorable style. Photos not seen by PW. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. ...


Heroes of Baseball: The Men Who Made It America's Favorite Game
Robert Lipsyte
0689867417
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lipsyte (The Contender) structures this lively history of the National Pastime as a collective biography of, as the subtitle states, "The Men Who Made It America's Favorite Game"—including some of its biggest stars, and a few lesser-known, but equally influential players. He begins with "Big Al" Spalding, a premier pitcher, team owner and sporting goods titan, who spearheaded the early campaign to elevate baseball from just a game into a virtuous and "uniquely American" pursuit. The author contrasts Ty Cobb's style of play ("mean") with Babe Ruth's ("larger-than-life") to chart changes in how the game is played—from "small ball" to an emphasis on Big Bats. Recent congressional hearings may lead some to quibble with his choice to include Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, but Lipsyte makes a persuasive case...


Joltin' Joe DiMaggio
Richard Gilliam (Editor)
0786706864
July 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
Whenever Joe DiMaggio appeared at Yankee Stadium after retirement, he was always introduced as "the greatest living ballplayer." In the career-spanning Joltin' Joe DiMaggio, Richard Gilliam puts together the inspiring story of how he achieved that distinction when baseball was truly the national pastime and how he stayed in American hearts long after his departure from the game. DiMaggio's legendary status is more than his unbeatable record of a 56-game hitting streak in 1941 and his gliding greatness in the outfield as "The Yankee Clipper." With his supple wide-legged swing, DiMaggio batted in more runs per game than Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Hank Aaron - the third highest R.B.I. this century - and he struck out fewer times than any other power hitter with his home-run record. "Joe was the pride of baseball," said...


Sultans of Swat: The Four Great Sluggers of the New York Yankees
New York Times
0312340141
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle were four of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball. Ruth and Gehrig were New York Yankee teammates in the 1920s and '30s; DiMaggio played with Gehrig in the late '30s, and Mantle's rookie season with the Yanks, 1951, was DiMaggio's last. This volume uses sports reporting--game accounts, features, sidebars, photographs, and box scores--to re-create the four sluggers' careers. Included is the story of Mantle's regular season Yankee debut as well as an account of DiMaggio's last home run. There are pieces about Gehrig's tragic battle with the neurological disease that now bears his name, and there's a box score from the 1927 game in which Ruth hit his then-record sixtieth home run. A side benefit is the display of how sports journalism has evolved from the...

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