Dinner With DiMaggio

Dinner With DiMaggio

Memories of An American Hero

Book - 2017
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"Revealing and little-known stories of the great Yankees Hall of Famer from the man who knew him best in the last ten years of his life -- from Ted Williams and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other great celebrities off the field"-- Provided by publisher.
"The real Joe DiMaggio, remembered by the man who knew him best in the last decade of his life--candid and little-known stories about icons from Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, and his Yankees teammates on the field to Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and other great celebrities off the field. Dr. Rock Positano, an internationally renowned foot specialist in New York City, was introduced to Joe DiMaggio by the dean of New York sports writers, Bill Gallo, in 1990. The Yankee Clipper's career-ending heel spur injury and botched surgeries brought them together. During the time Dr. Positano successfully treated the Yankee Clipper, a friendship slowly developed. As Dr. Positano would learn, DiMaggio moved very carefully and deliberately. Dinner with DiMaggio follows the story of their friendship from its star-struck beginning through all its highs and lows over the next decade. Forty years younger than DiMaggio, Dr. Positano became a surrogate son at a time when his actual son was suffering from substance-abuse problems. Positano's accounts of their times together reveal DiMaggio's many rituals and quirks: the same meals at the same restaurants, the same pals in New York and Florida, jacket and tie everywhere. At the pinnacle of his fame, DiMaggio had learned to be guarded and carefully managed his image and private life. As his trust in his young friend grew, DiMaggio opened up about Marilyn, but also about his first wife, Dorothy Arnold, the mother of his son and the real love of his life. The Yankee Clipper knew everyone, and Positano shares never-before-told stories of famous people DiMaggio admired and those he didn't. This is DiMaggio as he really was: sometimes cranky and calculating, but more often charming, generous, loyal, and always big-hearted when it came to kids. The stories and experiences he shared with Rock Positano comprise an intimate portrait of one of the great stars of baseball and one of the icons of the twentieth century"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501156847
Branch Call Number: B Dimaggio Positano 2017
Characteristics: xiii, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Positano, John - Author


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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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