Friday, May 08, 2009

Bad Week for the Doms

First DeLuise, now DiMaggio. Dom DiMaggio, Joe's bespectacled little brother, died this morning at the age of 92. Dom never got the attention he really deserved, playing in the shadow of his famous brother and his famous teammate Ted Williams. But he was really a fine ballplayer, an outstanding defensive outfielder and a good contact hitter with a career average of .298.

If you want to get a good perspective on the kind of guy that Dom DiMaggio was, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of David Halberstam's The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship, which talks a great deal about DiMaggio and his relationship with Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky. It's an excellent read and like all great baseball books, it is about a lot more than the game.

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