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August 8, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joe DiMaggio Jr., the only child of baseball great Joe DiMaggio, died late Friday at a hospital in the Northern California town of Antioch, apparently of natural causes, hospital officials said Saturday. He was 57. He was the only son of DiMaggio and Dorothy Arnold, an actress whom the sports legend married in 1939. The athlete had no children with his second wife, Marilyn Monroe. The younger DiMaggio was estranged from his father and had seen him infrequently over the last few years.
October 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
ST. LOUIS -- Vin Scully is 85. He has called games for the Dodgers since Jackie Robinson played for them. He does not just talk about the old school. He was enrolled in it. As the story line rages about whether the Dodgers are too full of money, flair and themselves -- in contrast with the old-school St. Louis Cardinals -- Scully said he did not believe the Dodgers players had done anything offensive. “They're just having fun,” Scully said before Friday's Game 6 of the National League championship series.  “I would hate to see a game where there wasn't any emotion.
March 11, 1999
The death of Joe DiMaggio (March 9) brings back memories. Growing up in northeast Ohio, we were all Cleveland Indian fans. In the late '30s, the highlight of my summer was my dad taking me to Cleveland to see the Yankees and Indians do battle. It always seemed that Bob Feller would be the Cleveland pitcher. The score would be tied going into the eighth or ninth inning when the Yankee Clipper's bat met one of Feller's fast balls, knocking it out of Municipal Stadium for a home run to win the game.
October 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez
ST. LOUIS - Vin Scully is 85. He has called games for the Dodgers since Jackie Robinson played for them. He does not just talk about the old school. He was enrolled in it. As the story line raged about whether the Dodgers are too full of money, flair and themselves - in contrast with the old-school St. Louis Cardinals - Scully said he did not believe the Dodgers players had done anything offensive. "They're just having fun," Scully said Friday before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
February 12, 1987 | United Press International
Former New York Yankee great Joe DiMaggio underwent heart surgery Feb. 5 in Mt. Sinai Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday. According to publicist Judy Stanton, the 72-year-old Hall of Fame member entered the hospital Feb. 3, and was diagnosed as suffering from arrhythmia, a slow heart rate. Following tests, doctors recommended he receive a pacemaker, and the procedure was performed by Dr. Philip Samet.
August 27, 1987 | AL MARTINEZ
The nature of man is to resist and, by resisting, to snap the shackles of slavery, to topple history's tyrants and, if possible, to do as little as possible around the house. I'm good at that. I'm not sure how I'd do at chain-snapping or tyrant-toppling, but I doubt there's a man alive who can match my facility at resisting the job of taking out the garbage. I am to garbage-ducking what Joe Dimaggio was to baseball.
March 30, 1986 | FRED LIEF, United Press International
"They lost today," the boy told him. "That means nothing. The great DiMaggio is himself again." --ERNEST HEMINGWAY in "The Old Man and the Sea." He broke in 50 years ago on a May afternoon. The country was fighting out of the Depression and Prohibition was over. "Gone with the Wind" was published that year and Boulder Dam was completed. The pitcher for the St. Louis Browns that day in the Bronx was Jack Knott.
It's ever harder to celebrate a sport at once swollen by television money and eroded by greed. One where even klutzy journeymen are millionaires. Where mindless fans taunt players, who then mindlessly charge like frothing pit bulls after their tormentors. Where players are apt to switch teams like toothpaste. It's ever harder to applaud. Yet Ross Greenburg's "When It Was a Game" does just that on the eve of Tuesday's All-Star Game.
November 5, 2000 | PETE HAMILL, Pete Hamill is the author of "A Drinking Life: A Memoir," "Snow in August" and "Why Sinatra Matters."
When Joseph Paul DiMaggio died at 84 in 1999, there were few people left alive who had ever seen him play. His time as a ballplayer (1936-1951) preceded the triumph of television and was witnessed by paying customers in an era when there were no major league teams west of the Mississippi. To be sure, his accomplishments as a New York Yankee glittered on the sports pages of the time, and his form as a batter, glimpsed in movie house newsreels, was powerful and elegant.
The brother of Joe DiMaggio expressed outrage Wednesday about legal threats by the late outfielder's attorney over a proposal in San Francisco to name a neighborhood playground in honor of the Yankee legend. Dom DiMaggio, himself a seven-time baseball All-Star, said he believes that his brother would have loved having a childhood ball field in their old North Beach neighborhood bear the DiMaggio name.
June 30, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
June at Dodger Stadium has felt like a giant, monthlong party. They may as well name it Yasiel Puig month. Puig capped off his first calendar month as a Major Leaguer in predictable four-for-five fashion Sunday including a bloop triple, a double and two stolen bases. The only surprise came when he struck out on a high fastball in the eighth inning. If ever a cycle seemed imminent, it was then. Even Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said he wouldn't have been surprised to see it. Puig's 44 hits since being called up on June 3 are not only a monthly rookie record in Dodgers history - breaking Steve Sax's 43 in August of 1982 - but they're the second-highest total for a player's first calendar month in MLB history behind only Joe DiMaggio (48, May 1936)
January 9, 2013 | Times wire services
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Richard Ben Cramer, whose narrative nonfiction spanned presidential politics and the game of baseball, has died. He was 62. Cramer died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore of complications from lung cancer, said his agent, Philippa Brophy. He won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from the Middle East while working as a foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Cramer's other notable work included a bestselling biography of New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio, an influential magazine profile of another baseball star, Ted Williams, and a critically acclaimed, behind-the-scenes account of the 1988 U.S. presidential race, "What It Takes: The Way to the White House.
December 16, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
"The Real Reason for Marilyn Monroe's Divorce from Joe DiMaggio" read the headline on a 1955 Confidential magazine article that exposed a bumbling ambush involving the famous ballplayer and Frank Sinatra. The unlikely duo allegedly had tried to catch the actress with "another man" at an apartment in West Hollywood. Except the headline wasn't exactly true. The sex symbol and DiMaggio had been divorced for more than a week when - acting on a tip from a private investigator - a group of men broke down the door of an apartment on Nov. 5, 1954, only to be greeted by a middle-aged woman screaming in her bed. DiMaggio and Sinatra were reportedly spotted scurrying away from the scene.
August 5, 2012 | By Lois Banner
Why is Marilyn Monroe still an American icon 50 years after her death? She is endlessly analyzed in films and biographies; her image appears on T-shirts and posters; her popularity is reflected in the 52,000 Marilyn-related items for sale on EBay. My USC students, fixated on contemporary pop culture, know little about 1950s Hollywood stars, except for Monroe. Like everyone else, they puzzle over her death, respond to her beauty, recognize her paradoxes: the ur-blond child-woman, the virgin-whore of the Western imagination.
June 5, 2011 | By Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times
One version of the story holds that Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra were having dinner at the Villa Capri restaurant in Hollywood on a November evening in 1954 when they got the tip: A private investigator phoned to say the ballplayer's estranged wife, Marilyn Monroe, was inside a nearby apartment building, possibly with a lover. Without bothering to pay the bill, DiMaggio stormed out of the eatery, followed by Sinatra and various associates, as well as Billy Karen, the restaurant maitre d'. Someone volunteered to pay the bill later, but the maitre d' responded that the bill was no problem, he just wanted "in on this thing," author J. Randy Taraborrelli wrote in "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.
July 11, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
It was the 1949 All-Star game, second inning, two men on base, and, as impossible as it might seem today, Don Newcombe was summoned from the bullpen to face a complete stranger. It was someone he had never seen before, someone whose name he barely knew, someone whose accomplishments he never followed. Now batting: Joe DiMaggio? "That's right," Newcombe says today, laughing. "Back then, what would a black player know about Joe DiMaggio?" As one of four African Americans who integrated the All-Star game in 1949, the Dodgers rookie Newcombe was painfully unaware of the identity of nearly every white player in a league that had long shunned his race.
December 2, 1998 | PAUL D. COLFORD, NEWSDAY
The editors of USA Today Baseball Weekly weren't waiting for more bad news about Joe DiMaggio before being lavish with coverage of the New York Yankee great's career. Last week's issue of the paper, published more than a month into DiMaggio's stay in a Florida hospital, was fronted by a nostalgic portrait of the center fielder from his pinstriped heyday. "The DiMaggio legend: Celebrating the greatness of the Yankee Clipper" was the cover line, followed by five pages of memories inside.
June 24, 2010 | By Steve Dilbeck
The premise sounded like so much fun — during the innocent phase, before the pain began: a matchup of all-time Dodgers versus Yankees! Think greatest World Series ever. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine the matchups, the drama, the personalities, the history. These are baseball's greatest World Series rivals. No two teams have met more often in the World Series. If it's not exactly Lakers-Celtics, it's close. "These are two of the historically most significant teams in baseball history," says NBC sportscaster and baseball author Bob Costas.
December 25, 2009 | Dennis McLellan
Lester Rodney, the sports editor and columnist for the American Communist Party newspaper the Daily Worker who crusaded to end segregation in major league baseball in the 1930s and '40s, has died. He was 98. Rodney died of age-related causes Sunday at his home in a retirement community in Walnut Creek, Calif., said his daughter, Amy Rodney. Beginning in the decade before Jackie Robinson suited up with the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, Rodney began pressing for the desegregation of baseball via columns and stories in the Daily Worker's sports pages.
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