June 21, 2016 |
PHOENIX – It was 10 a.m. on a typical warm May morning, and Jerry Colangelo cruised down North Central Avenue in his all-black Mercedes-Benz with tinted windows. He's listening to faint music by Frank Sinatra on the Siriusly Sinatra SiriusXM Radio channel. "I always have Sinatra on," Colangelo said. "The Italian neighborhood [near] Chicago I'm from, the two big names way back were Frank Sinatra and [former New York Yankees legend] Joe DiMaggio. I eventually met both of them.
June 9, 2016 |
NEW YORK - As he mindlessly shagged balls in the vast Yankee Stadium outfield Monday afternoon, that recent rumor about Mike Trout didn't seem so crazy at all. Three weeks ago, a Boston newspaper suggested the scuffling Los Angeles Angels were considering moving their Roy Hobbs-ian centerfielder. If they did, it said, the Yankees would be the most logical destination. Now, on this blue-sky afternoon, as he stood where Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle had become Yankee legends - center field in the Bronx - Trout was framed by the magnitude of that pin-striped possibility.
November 8, 2015 |
Sorry, Paul Simon, but Joe DiMaggio didn't go anywhere. In the 1968 Simon and Garfunkel hit "Mrs. Robinson," the songwriter employed the Yankee Clipper as a plaintive metaphor for the disappearance of American heroes. "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. " In reality, and in contrast to what's happened in politics, show business, the military, commerce, and the church, DiMaggio and his fellow sports icons seldom fall from their pedestals.
October 26, 2015 |
The old bandleader spends most days in his basement now, alone among his memories, his black-and-white photographs. The ones from Palumbo's, the legendary Italian Market restaurant and nightclub that burned down in 1994, and where the bandleader went from a teenage sax player to a man whose name was no longer singular. Where Carmen DiPipi of South Clarion Street became Carmen Dee and His Orchestra. But now the photos are all that's left. The last member of the original lineup died last winter.
December 19, 2014 |
BEFORE THE SWOOSH came into his life, Michael Jordan wore Converse. Yesterday a powder-blue pair of leather hightops that he wore at North Carolina sold at auction for $33,387. ESPN.com reported that the sneaks - inscribed "Best Wishes, Michael Jordan" - were consigned to Grey Flannel Auctions by a high school teammate of Jordan's. The winning bidder, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased a nice piece of history. But they are far less valuable that some other Jordan memorabilia.
November 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Joe Paterno was still in high school, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games and World War II raged on in Europe. The year was 1941, and to many, that time in history holds special meaning. For old-timer Yankees fans, it's DiMaggio's streak. For film junkies, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" premiered. But for longtime Penn State and Temple fans, they know 1941 for something else: the last time the Nittany Lions lost to the Owls. Anyone with fingers and toes or a calculator can tell you that Temple has gone 72 seasons without defeating Penn State.
July 10, 2014
An op-ed on Tuesday misstated the number of times the Yankees won the World Series while Joe DiMaggio played for them. It was nine.
October 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Babe Ruth never spoke to Lou Gehrig, because Gehrig's mom once criticized the way Claire, Ruth's second wife, dressed Dorothy, Ruth's adopted daughter. Mickey Mantle hated Joe DiMaggio, because Joe D called him off a fly ball he was tracking and Mantle veered away and stepped in a drainage hole and wrecked his knee. Thurmon Munson detested Reggie Jackson, because Reggie said he was "the straw that stirred the drink" and because Jackson made more money than he did, which broke a promise they'd made to Munson.
November 25, 2012
a. Andrew Carnegie, 1835. b. Carry Nation, 1846. c. John XXIII, 1881. d. Joe DiMaggio, 1914. e. Ricardo Montalban, 1920. f. Percy Sledge, 1940 (some sources say 1941). g. Ben Stein, 1944. h. John Larroquette, 1947. i. John F. Kennedy Jr., 1960. j. Christina Applegate, 1971.
October 5, 2012 |
SEATTLE - Angels rookie Mike Trout went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double leading off the sixth and a single in the eighth in Los Angeles' 12-0 loss to Seattle on Wednesday, finishing with a .326 average. That was good for second in the AL batting race but pretty much locked up the triple crown for Detroit's Miguel Cabrera. It was a rough night for Trout, who fell short of his 50th steal and was twice thrown out on the base paths. Trout, a Millville High product, was plunked in the back by Seattle starter Blake Beavan leading off the game and then was thrown out by Jesus Montero trying to steal.