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Joe DiMaggio

You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.
- Joe DiMaggio, on Opening Day



The phrase 'off with the crack of the bat', while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat.
- Joe DiMaggio



Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?
Our Nation turns it lonely eyes to you,
What’s that you say Mrs Robinson?
“Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away."
-Simon and Garfunkel


"I would like to take the great DiMaggio fishing,' the old man said. 'They say his father was a fisherman. Maybe he was as poor as we are and would understand."
--Ernest Hemingway—Old Man and the Sea


Did you know that if I got a hit tonight I would have made $10,000? The Heinz 57 people wanted to make some deal.
-- Joe DiMaggio, 7/17/41

Because there is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time. I owe him my best.
-- Joe DiMaggio, on why he played so hard every game


I want to thank all my teammates who scored so many runs; Joe Dimaggio, who ran down so many of my mistakes, and Johnny Murphy, without whose relief pitching I wouldn't be here.
—Lefty Gomez

"I can describe Joe in one word: class. He was the most perfect ballplayer I ever saw, but, he was a shy fellow. I'll tell you something else though. When Joe DiMaggio walks into the clubhouse, the lights flicker. He's the star."

-- Pete Sheehy, former Yankee clubhouse manager


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