Tag Archives: Joe DiMaggio

The John Michael Paveskovich Pole

Christened by one-time teammate and broadcaster Mel Parnell “The Pesky Pole,” at 302 feet from home plate in right field at Fenway Park a ball landing there was just the right distance for Johnny Pesky. Phil Rizzuto’s rival died yesterday. … Continue reading

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The Other Babe Could Play Baseball, Too

With so many U.S. women having taken gold medals in the just-concluded Summer Olympic Games, I (Evander) wanted to call your attention to perhaps the greatest all-round woman athlete of them all. The aptly named Babe Didrikson Zaharias (she married … Continue reading

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NYC Subway Series Round 2

The suddenly hot Mets, as hot as the weather this first day of summer (which is when I, Evander, always feel the season truly starts—in fact, the season doesn’t really take shape till mid-August), and the suddenly not-so-hot Yankees (unlike … Continue reading

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The Home-run Hitter and the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

From the headline of this blog, it would be reasonable to think, Again on Joe and Marilyn, Marilyn and Joe? But there was another slugger, with the second-highest home-run percentage (next to Babe Ruth) in Major League Baseball history, who … Continue reading

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Mantle by the New Math Numbers

Like most red-blooded (Is there any other color?) American (U.S., but let’s include the entire hemisphere) males from Noo Yawk, and aetat. fifty to eighty at this writing in 2012, I (Evander) have a fascination with Yankees star Mickey Mantle—virtually … Continue reading

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Ruth in Early Retirement

Get a good look at that face. It is Babe Ruth, in a WPA photograph from 1936, taken at the Polo Grounds before or during the World Series, September 30. The year after Ruth called it quits was Joe DiMaggio’s … Continue reading

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An Ordinary Over the Hump Day in Queens

Today is 70 years and 366 days since Joe DiMaggio’s mind-bending 56-game hitting streak began: with a meager (though RBI) single against the Chicago White Sox. Right Off the Bat celebrated the seventieth anniversary with a podcast a year ago. … Continue reading

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Mike “King” Kelly, Nineteenth-century Baseball Star, Makes the News

He was one of the early superstars, sold to the Boston Beaneaters for a whopping ten grand. Before there were songs about Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays, there was one about the exploits of “King” Kelly. An autographed … Continue reading

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Matty Alou

One of the greatest batters of the 1960s, and part of a trio of brothers that played in the major leagues (they collectively hold the all-time base-hits record for a family; this includes the three DiMaggio brothers), Matty Alou died … Continue reading

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The Postseason Aura of Joe DiMaggio

The postseason “success ratio” of Joe DiMaggio is part of his aura. In the days when “postseason” meant only one thing, the World Series, and usually the New York Yankees as part of it, DiMaggio owned October. Although his batting … Continue reading

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