August 5, 2012 |
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.
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June 5, 2011 |
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 |
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.
June 24, 2010 |
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.
January 10, 2007
* 2007 -- Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr. * 2006 -- Bruce Sutter. * 2005 -- Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg. * 2004 -- Dennis Eckersley, Paul Molitor. * 2003 -- Gary Carter, Eddie Murray. * 2002 -- Ozzie Smith. * 2001 -- Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield. * 2000 -- Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez. * 1999 -- George Brett, Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount. * 1998 -- Don Sutton. * 1997 -- Phil Niekro. * 1995 -- Mike Schmidt. * 1994 -- Steve Carlton. * 1993 -- Reggie Jackson. * 1992 -- Rollie Fingers, Tom Seaver.
May 21, 2006 |
A uniform worn by Joe DiMaggio in his final World Series sold for $195,500 Saturday at an auction of memorabilia from the Hall of Famer's storied career. The pinstriped flannel home uniform, with the Yankee Clipper's familiar No. 5 on the back, was captured by an anonymous bidder. DiMaggio wore the jersey during the 1951 World Series, where the Yankees defeated the New York Giants. According to Hunt Auctions Inc.