Dinner With Dimaggio : Memories of An American Hero

Dinner With Dimaggio : Memories of An American Hero

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Simon and Schuster
The real Joe DiMaggio, remembered by one of the few who really knew the man behind the legend—candid and little-known stories about baseball icons from Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and others off the field. As told by Dr. Rock Positano, DiMaggio’s closest confidante in New York during the final years of his life, Dinner with DiMaggio is an intimate portrait of one of America’s most enduring heroes.

This memoir of a decade-long friendship reveals the very private DiMaggio as he really was—sometimes demanding, sometimes big-hearted, always impeccable, loyal, and a true stand-up guy—while serving up illuminating stories and rare insights about the people in his life, including his teammates, Muhammad Ali, Sandy Koufax, Woody Allen, and more.

In 1990, Dr. Rock Positano, the thirty-two-year-old foot and ankle specialist, was introduced to DiMaggio, the pair brought together by a career-ending heel spur injury. Though Dr. Positano was forty years younger, an unlikely friendship developed after the doctor successfully treated the baseball champ’s heel. At the start, Joe mentored Rock but came to rely on his young friend to show him a good time in New York, the town that made him a legend. In time, the famously reserved DiMaggio opened up to Dr. Positano and talked about his joys, his disappointments, and his sorrows as he reflected on his extraordinary life. The stories and experiences shared with Dr. Positano comprise an intimate portrait of one of the great stars of baseball and icon of the twentieth century.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster,, 2017
ISBN: 9781501156861
1501156861
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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Jul 16, 2017

Loved it on two people bonded because of similar background & upbringing.
Oof. Joe was classic file on how not to do a foot surgery that shortened his career.
Learned the Italian philosophy La bella figura Joe practiced.
Chuckled his nervousness & going goo-goo on a date with female reporter who don't know baseball.
Thoughtful on Joe's dad could not go into his own restaurant during world war II because he was enemy alien or that United States at war against Italy.
Loved how he went to author's home to ambush indifferent mattress deliveryman for a simple talk.
Marveled at inviting Frank's friend to dinner even though Joe had a huge falling out with Frank Sinatra.
Author embarrassed & probably scarred on Joe's explanation of why his marriage with Ms. Monroe failed. Hint: it wasn't the sexual attraction or the graphic sex life.
Puzzled of how he was dragooned as gumshoe by lawyer for very important court case.
No idea why author wrote on Joe's last ten years of his life. You be the judge of that.

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