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The Dimaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dreamby Tom Clavin
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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
More than 350 sets of brothers have played in the major leagues since the 1870s. But few have had the skill, the charisma, or the success of the DiMaggio brothers. Joe DiMaggio, "The Yankee Clipper," is an American icon and one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century. Even his chief rival, Ted Williams, called him the greatest all-around player he ever saw.
But two of Joe's brothers, also center fielders, were dynamic players in their own right. Dominic, affectionately known as "The Little Professor," was a seven-time All-Star who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1940 through 1953. He hit better than .300 five times in his career, finished with a .298 average, and like his big brother, rarely struck out. And Vince DiMaggio, the eldest, made two All-Star teams and in 1941 smacked 21 home runs and drove in 100 RBIs while playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In The DiMaggios, journalist Tom Clavin draws on a wealth of source materials, interviews with family members and teammates, and in-depth reporting to reveal how three kids from an immigrant family of eleven found their way to the upper echelons of American sports and popular culture. A vivid portrait of a family and the ways in which their shifting fortunes and status shaped their relationships, it is also a transporting exploration of an era and a culture, using baseball as a lens to view and understand American society in the twentieth century.
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 games greatest players and his family, sure to be treasured by Yankees fans, Red Sox Fans, and baseball aficionados around the world.
About the Author
Tom Clavin is the author of fifteen books, including biographies of Roger Maris and Gil Hodges. He was a contributor to the New York Times for fifteen years, and the publications for which he has written include Golf Magazine, Manhattan, Men's Journal, Parade, and Smithsonian. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.
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