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The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream [Digital]

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  • ASIN: 0062183796
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but nothing special May 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is of interest because it brings together the lives and careers of the DiMaggio brothers. It confirmed my earlier impression that while Joe was the better ballplayer Dom was by far the better human being (and was a pretty good ballplayer who might have made the Hall of Fame if not for Joe's shadow). It also was interesting to read Vince's story--a decent player stuck in the wrong family.

While Clavin writes and organizes his material well, it is clear he is relying on secondary sources rather than interviews or in-depth research. This does not match the depth and comprehensiveness of what has been written about Joe (especially Richard Ben Cramer's biography), but is as good as we are likely to get on Dom and Vince.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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More than any other sport, baseball provides fans with a substantial family connection. The Boones --- Ray, son Bob, and grandsons Bret and Aaron --- have played in the major leagues and were the first family to send three generations of players to the All-Star game. Fathers and sons from the Griffeys to the McRaes to the Swishers are well-known. Brothers Paul and Lloyd Waner ("Big Poison" and "Little Poison") are both members of the Hall of Fame. Felipe, Matty and Jesus Alou formed an outfield of brothers, and Felipe's son Moises played for 17 seasons in the National League. THE DiMAGGIOS by Tom Clavin is a tribute to a baseball family whose middle son, Joe DiMaggio ("The Yankee Clipper"), is considered to be one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.

Much has been written about DiMaggio, and Clavin credits many of the authors who chronicled the life of the player who insisted that he be introduced at old-timer's games as "the greatest living ballplayer." It was in Boston in 1986 that Dominic, Vince and Joe DiMaggio appeared together at such an event for the first and only time. For years there had been strains in the relationship, and neither Dom nor Joe was aware that Vince was suffering from stomach cancer. He would live less than five months after this final reunion. While Vince and Dom kept in contact, their relationship with their middle brother was difficult. Dom's baseball career was with the Boston Red Sox, and he played alongside Ted Williams, who battled with DiMaggio for the title of greatest player of their era. Williams and DiMaggio also had a strained relationship, fueled to some degree by the fact that Williams was more of a mentor to Dom than his own brother.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DiMaggio Brothers book!!!! June 12, 2013
By Marte
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I truly enjoyed this book. I'm not a big baseball fan. We have all heard about JOE DiMaggio but this told about the whole DiMaggio family. In particular, Dom and Vince, also baseball players and outstanding in their own rights but could never achieve the stardom as Joe did. I liked learning about their childhood, their baseball years, and their lives after baseball. For me, it was a page turner, and I read it in two days. My husband did the same thing. I read it on my Kindle and he read the hardcover. Then we bought two more copies to give to friends who we knew would enjoy the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memories! June 7, 2013
By Guano
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This book brought me back to my childhood days at Yankee Stadium. I could hear the crack of the bat. Great insight into one of the greatest players that ever played the game. Many thanks to Mr. Clavin for putting together an unbiased and well written book on the subject. Good work. Well worth reading even just for some of the background stories of Joe and his brothers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Home Run June 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is outside my normal range for leisure reading, and my bedside stack is already high, but this book was recommended so I put it on the top of the pile. Sure glad I did. It's very well written, and tells a powerful story of inter-family dynamics that is both surprising and poignant. Beyond the baseball, which is fascinating and entertaining, there is a much deeper almost "morality play" feel to this excellent book. Do not fail to tuck this book under your arm (or download it to your reader). You'll be very glad you did. Tom Clavin continues, with "The DiMaggios" a string of literary "hits." A home run for Tom!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The DiMaggios: An American Family August 16, 2013
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I give this work 3 stars, one for each DiMaggio. Unless you are a fan of baseball in general and the Red Sox or Yankes in particular you can avoid this book. More precisely you should be a fan of the Red Sox because Dominick is seen as the family hero always walking several steps behind Joe.
Me? I will always remain a Joe fan. As an 18 year-old I met my hero and was speechless. My cousin who was 8 years my senior was also in awe when he merely walked past his table. So I bristle at a suggestion that Joe, during his prime baseball years, was not the ultimate center fielder in baseball. That he was also much maligned about his self-interest during his life overlooks the efforts made by the Yankee front office to manipulate his salary and the envious rooters of rival teams to force him into military service ((although his exemption appears to have been permissible at the time. We're it not we would have heard so throughout history).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Triple Biography That Scores March 8, 2014
Format:Hardcover
This is a masterful biography of the DiMaggio brothers—Vincent, Joe, and Dominic—who played professional baseball from the early 1930s to their retirement from the game in the early 1950s. It is well written containing many stories and anecdotes from family, friends, and teammates. The brothers were different in both their athletic abilities as they were in temperament and life after baseball. All three brothers were exceptional centerfielders with strong arms, but they differed widely when it came to hitting.

Joe, by far the most famous of the three, was a very private person, yet he also sought recognition of his greatness. He relished being voted by the baseball writers in 1969 as the “greatest living” player. At old-timers games in New York, he was always the last one to be announced. He made money on being “Joe DiMaggio” after his playing days were over pitching products such as “Mr. Coffee” machines. His greatest tragedy was his involvement with Marilyn Monroe. He deeply loved her, but they were both too different to make marriage work. During his last decade, he lost many friends, some to death and others to ostracism. Joe was also consumed with making money; the booming sports memorabilia market in the 1980s was a bonanza for him.

Dominic, the author argues, was a better ballplayer than Joe from 1940 to 1952. If the war had not taken three prime years from his career on the diamond, he might have had a chance for the Hall of Fame. Of slight built, he was not a power hitter, but a scrapper who could steal bases and manufacture runs. He was a student of hitting, having a book on each pitcher in the American League. Dominic had a unique way of standing in centerfield; he faced toward the leftfield line instead of facing home plate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good look at the DiMaggio brothers
I read this book primarily because of Vince DiMaggio, whom I know very little about. He was the lesser baseball player of the three brothers and I was pleased to get to know more... Read more
Published 1 month ago by clemente_in_right
5.0 out of 5 stars great book.
A gift, he liked it.
Published 7 months ago by K.J.
3.0 out of 5 stars Double-A at best
I need two-and-a-half stars for this review. It's an irresistible topic -- for an extended magazine article, maybe. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Philip Nathanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Renewed enjoyment
I bought this book for my husband who loves anything Yankee and epecially anything about Joe D. He didn't expect to learn anything new about his idol but he was pleasantly... Read more
Published 10 months ago by judith f greco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book.
Published 11 months ago by Deborah Biafore
5.0 out of 5 stars That still is a great memory for me
The book brought back a lot of memories from when I grew up in Manhattan and would go to Yankee Stadium. On one occasion I even played catch with Joe's son who I had met a camp. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Larryb
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all baseball fans.
The book was great reading. Not only does one get the life story of the three brothers, but a historical review of the times they lived and why baseball was the national pastime. Read more
Published 11 months ago by WC Unger
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a rehash......
Just a rehash of stories you've already heard. At times seemed to be as much about Ted Wiiiams as the DiMaggios. Worth $2 as a Kindle purchase at best.
Published 12 months ago by DarkHorse1031
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
This is well written but there is very little new here that can't be found in Halberstam's Summer of 49 or The Teammates, or Kostya Kennedy's "56", or Leigh Montville's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by honest Abe
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book
I really enjoyed this book. It is not hard to find books about Joe DiMaggio, but to read a book about the DiMaggio brothers that played in the majors and how their lives... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Robert Cunningham
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