Dinner With Dimaggio : Memories of An American Hero

Dinner With Dimaggio : Memories of An American Hero

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Simon and Schuster
A revealing account of the great Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio from the man who knew him best in the last ten years of his life—“a rare, intimate portrait…that pries open Joltin’ Joe’s perpetually buttoned-up privacy” (The New York Times) with stories about the Yankees, Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other celebrities.

In 1990, Dr. Rock Positano, a thirty-two-year-old foot and ankle specialist, met Joe DiMaggio. Despite the forty years between them, an unlikely friendship developed after the doctor successfully treated the baseball champ’s heel spur injury. 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 he shared with Dr. Positano comprise an intimate portrait of one of the great stars of baseball and icon of the twentieth century.

“Readers do not have to be baseball fans to be captivated by this memoir, which explores such universal themes as friendship, celebrity, aging, and mortality” (Library Journal, starred review). DiMaggio was a complicated figure—sometimes demanding, sometimes big-hearted, always impeccable, loyal, and a true stand-up guy. This memoir of a decade-long friendship reveals the very private DiMaggio as “a wholly human portrait of an American icon navigating his way through an adoring yet relentlessly demanding public” (Booklist, starred review), while serving up illuminating stories and rare insights about the people in his life, including his teammates, Muhammad Ali, Sandy Koufax, Woody Allen, and many more.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster,, 2017
ISBN: 9781501156861
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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