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56: Joe Dimaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

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ISBN13: 9781603209137
ISBN10: 1603209131
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Winner of the 2011 CASEY Award from Spitball Magazine

Seventy baseball seasons ago, on a May afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio lined a hard single to leftfield. It was the quiet beginning to the most resonant baseball achievement of all time. Starting that day, the vaunted Yankee centerfielder kept on hitting-at least one hit in game after game after game.

In the summer of 1941, as Nazi forces moved relentlessly across Europe and young American men were drafted by the millions, it seemed only a matter of time before the U.S. went to war. The nation was apprehensive. Yet for two months in that tense summer, America was captivated by DiMaggio's astonishing hitting streak. In 56, Kostya Kennedy tells the remarkable story of how the streak found its way into countless lives, from the Italian kitchens of Newark to the playgrounds of Queens to the San Francisco streets of North Beach; from the Oval Office of FDR to the Upper West Side apartment where Joe's first wife, Dorothy, the movie starlet, was expecting a child. In this crisp, evocative narrative Joe DiMaggio emerges in a previously unseen light, a 26-year-old on the cusp of becoming an icon. He comes alive-a driven ballplayer, a mercurial star and a conflicted husband-as the tension and the scrutiny upon him build with each passing day.

DiMaggio's achievement lives on as the greatest of sports records. Alongside the story of DiMaggio's dramatic quest, Kennedy deftly examines the peculiar nature of hitting streaks and with an incisive, modern-day perspective gets inside the number itself, as its sheer improbability heightens both the math and the magic of 56 games in a row.

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Kostya Kennedy is an assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated and the New York Times bestselling author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, winner of the 2011 Casey Award and runner-up for the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. He lives with his wife and children in Westchester County, N.Y. To learn more, visit

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Garylovestoread, October 29, 2013 (view all comments by Garylovestoread)
Wow, when people sit around the campfire these days and talk about today's great players, i.e., Trout, Harper, Holiday, Ortiz, etc., they obviously never heard of Dimaggio. Possibly one of the 5 greatest players of all-time (Dimaggio, Williams, Mays, Ruth, Musial), the book 56: Joe Dimaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, effortlessly and with a style verging on a novel, brings to life the year 1941, when the United STates crept closer and closer to involvement in the War, when going to the soda fountain for a malt was an everyday occurence, when news traveled by word of mouth from stoop to stoop rather than from talking heads on cable news networks and when Joe Dimaggio set the standard for a hitting streak of 56 consecutive games. Joe D. did this with a great amount of class and set a standard for professional athletes hard to top. The 56 game streak, like Cal Ripkens consecutive games streak record, may never be broken. If you are a history fan, a sports fan, a baseball fan, a Yankee fan, or just someone who wants to escape into a much simpler, easier life, then i would highly recommend you reading this book. I have no doubt, stories you read in here will ignite a campfire someplace where stories will be told.
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Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports
Sports Illustrated
Kennedy, Kostya
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Baseball - Essays & Writings
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from 7 up to 17
9.25 x 6.25 x 1 in 1.28 lb
Age Level:
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