Joe DiMaggio lived much of his life in the public eye. One doesn’t earn god-like status as a member of the New York Yankees and induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame without being noticed. Nor is one able to marry Marilyn Monroe without drawing attention.
The spotlight always shined brightly upon Joltin’ Joe. As far as DiMaggio was concerned, such attention was deserving of his accomplishments on the field. Off the field … not so much.
As far as the world knew, Joe D. kept his private thoughts private. As far as the world knew ….
In reality, DiMaggio carefully recorded his thoughts and daily activities — no matter how routine or mundane. Perhaps he was saving them for posterity’s sake. Maybe he envisioned them becoming part of a memoir. Or maybe the only person he trusted with the thoughts that flooded his mind was Joe DiMaggio … and the only way to clear his mind was to record his thoughts on whatever sheet of paper happened to be nearby.
This month, Pristine’s Elite Auction includes a fascinating glimpse into the mind and daily life of the Yankee Clipper via a single, handwritten page from his “diary.”
Dated Sunday October 4, 1992, this diary page has been hand-written in blue and black ink pen by Joe on letterhead from The Washington Hilton and Towers. DiMaggio begins: “Up at 6 a.m. a good decent rest. Locked myself in the connecting doors and after an hour was able to get it open. The only door fed into the hallway. I called security and they sent the engineer up — but we didn’t need him as I got it open finally as I had to put weight against the door and that got the knob to turn. Engineer coming up later to put oil onto the works. Gave my tuxedo to Solomone and he will send it to me in Florida … He was pleased with the way things went last night and … he did an excellent job of handling such a turn out.”
DiMaggio goes on to explain his planned trip back to New York including what time he expected to be at the airport and board his plane, as well as mentioning a “limo tip + Bell Boy $10.00” and the fact he watched some Sunday football action — “saw the Giants and Raiders play the second half” — before detailing the cost of dinner — $69 — including $28 for transportation, $32 for food, and a $9 tip.
The diary page includes an official Steiner hologram and matching COA for authenticity purposes.
DiMaggio played his entire 13-year career for the Yankees. As a player, he is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands. DiMaggio was a three-time MVP winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons. During his tenure with the Bronx Bombers, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships. At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage with.579. He was inducted into theBaseball Hall of Fame in 1955, and was voted the sport’s greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969.
This special one-of-a-kind treasure is one of more than 600 available for bid in this month’s Elite Auction. Bidding remains open until Sunday, February 26.Read More