Friday, December 17, 2010

On the Fifth Day of Baseball Christmas...

...a wicked hangover. Damn holiday parties/draw of Brother Jimmy's. So, instead of having to be creative and find something in the news about baseball having to do with five (I gave up looking for a relevant player with five Golden Gloves) let's talk about my favorite #5 of all time, Mr. Joe DiMaggio.

Five wasn't just his number; He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '55 and five was the number of times he stole home plate in his career. The number pales in comparison to Ty Cobb's 54 stolen home moves - or his season with eight home-plate steals - but is still an impressive number for an incredibly tricky and daring play.

The Yankee Clipper played his entire career on the Bronx Bombers but his personal life made him nearly as famous as his ability to cover the entire outfield. Joe was, at one point the luckiest man to have ever been born, during his brief marriage to Marilyn Monroe.

Joe and Marilyn in happy times (Image/PicApp)

circa 1955:  American film actress and sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962), with her second husband, the baseball player Joe DiMaggio (1914 - 1999).  (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

The couple was married for less than a year but he loved her til the day he died. After she passed in 1962, he arranged for six red roses to be delivered to her grave site three times a week for twenty years and he never remarried. All together now "Awwwww."

Merry Christmas to the family of Mr. Dimaggio. I wish I was in Los Angeles to place half a dozen red roses on Marilyn's grave on his behalf.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah Joe was surely blessed cause he is not too easy on the eyes if you know what I mean and Marilyn was a dime piece... That is why he was stuck on stoooopid after the divorce... He has a really long nose hair that is annoying me in this picture... Someone should have definitely handled that... Peace out homey... Lusciously Liz