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.
Author Tom Clavin covers the three baseball brothers and their immigrant family. Joe DiMaggio (1914-99) was the superstar, the national icon, winner of many world series and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K.Goldberg
The story of the DiMaggio family was interesting, since the one we heard about was Joe. Not being a die-hard baseball fan, I was bored by all the statistics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara C. Weber
I purchased this book for my Dad who is of Italian descent. He is 90 yr. the large print gave him the opportunity enjoy a wonderful book he could relate to.Published 2 months ago by lisa
This moving biography of the famed trio is one of baseball - and of family. The author begins with Guisseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio, Sicilian immigrants who settled near and then in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by K.A.Goldberg
Myself being from San Francesco --- this bookshop brought back a lot of wonderful memories. The seals, the di maggios and baseball all of which my family loved.Published 5 months ago by vra
Well there was very little in here that has not been disclosed before. I have now read every word about the brothers ever put in a book.
I have even been to the restaurant. Read more
Excellent compilation of the three brothers, inspiring in its simplicity. At bottom, each brother carried the crown at different times. I highly recommend the book.Published 7 months ago by Kevin Culum