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Joe Dimaggio
     

Joe Dimaggio

by David Jones
 

Immortalized in song and story, Joe DiMaggio is one of baseball's most accomplished players—and also one of its most enigmatic stars. DiMaggio's life is often seen as embodying the American Dream. The son of Sicilian immigrants, he rose from an unexceptional childhood in San Francisco to stardom on the national pastime's greatest stage—Yankee Stadium. As

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Immortalized in song and story, Joe DiMaggio is one of baseball's most accomplished players—and also one of its most enigmatic stars. DiMaggio's life is often seen as embodying the American Dream. The son of Sicilian immigrants, he rose from an unexceptional childhood in San Francisco to stardom on the national pastime's greatest stage—Yankee Stadium. As a player, DiMaggio fought off injuries and earned a reputation for unyielding excellence, exemplified by his Major-League-record 56-game hitting streak. DiMaggio's celebrity and sense of style and grace transcended the game, and his brief marriage to America's sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe, remains the stuff of legends. But Joltin' Joe struggled with the attention and scrutiny that came with fame, and he became increasingly reclusive in later life. In this concise biography, David Jones offers a complex new look at the man who was once voted baseball's greatest living player.

It has been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in professional sports. Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters presents biographies on Greenwood's selection for the 12 best hitters in Major League history, written by some of today's best baseball authors. These books present straightforward stories in accessible language for the high school researcher and the general reader alike. Each volume includes a timeline, bibliography, and index. In addition, each volume includes a Making of a Legend chapter that analyses the evolution of the player's fame and (in some cases) infamy.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
These three scholarly biographies in a twelve-book series that includes current superstar Barry Bonds will interest only the most avid baseball enthusiasts and historians. The writing styles are similar because of the standardized format. Great emphasis is placed on quotes from books, newspapers, and magazines. All three authors provide a useful chronology that would be extremely valuable for reports. They present well-rounded views of their subjects. D'Amore does not shy away from Roger Hornsby's racism or his gambling addiction, yet he also does well in showing Hornsby's tremendous passion for baseball. Likewise Jordan and Jones do not pull punches in regard to Pete Rose and Joe DiMaggio, examining without bias Rose's tainted legacy and DiMaggio's troubled personal life. These books are the perfect length for those "read a biography of these many pages" projects that teachers perennially assign. They would also serve any researcher well as a starting point for a project; however, they are not for the general reader. The print is too small for most teen readers, and the scholarly nature makes them informative but not fun to read. Libraries should consider purchasing titles in this series to beef up their biography collections in anticipation of those annual assignments. With the exception of the book on Bonds, do not expect these books to fly off the shelves when not being used for assignments. (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters). VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2004, Greenwood, 192p.; Index. Photos. Biblio. SourceNotes. Chronology. Appendix., PLB . Ages 15 to Adult.
—David Goodale
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A complex view of an American baseball legend. Twelve chapters, each headed by a quote to set the tone, chronologically discuss DiMaggio's professional career and personal life from his roots as a son of Sicilian immigrants and one of nine children to his death in 1999. Jones describes the highs and lows of the "Yankee Clipper's" life and the people who influenced him in positive and negative ways. Opinion is supported with careful documentation as Jones is kinder to DiMaggio than Richard Ben Cramer is in his biography, Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life (S & S, 2000). Each chapter includes source notes. Nine black-and-white photographs are interspersed into this story of a man who did not know how to handle either his fame or fortune at a time when baseball needed a hero. Injuries plagued his career, but DiMaggio's record of 56 consecutive hits still stands today, making this athlete a legend in spite of some of his personal decisions. Supportive documentation presented in an honest manner gives readers a fair representation of the subject. Both the sometimes-sensitive content and vocabulary suggest a fairly sophisticated readership.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313330223
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2004
Series:
Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,271,137
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

DAVID JONES is Library Specialist at Sage College and the author of numerous articles in official Major League Baseball publications.

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