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By John Steadman | March 9, 1999
Always a distinctive and majestic model of grace, style and consistency. With glove or bat in hand, he was a baseball symphony. A rare gift of exquisite talent that flowed with classic movement. It all looked so easy. A Rembrandt in flannels.Yet personally, Joseph Paul DiMaggio was far more complex. Stoic. Introverted. Secretive. Arbitrary. Even rude. The public tried to make him a prisoner of adulation. And he fought against it all the way, even to his dying day.Joe DiMaggio was a private person, who, in a kind of paradoxical twist, absolutely craved attention even though his persona was often perceived of as being modest and withdrawing.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun Reporter | February 3, 2008
Unlike Joe DiMaggio, Tom Brady's legacy and his legend will never be enhanced by his inclusion in an Ernest Hemingway novel. Hemingway - who used "The Great DiMaggio" as a symbol of courage, inspiration and resilience for his protagonist fisherman, Santiago, in his battle with a marlin in The Old Man and the Sea - has been dead for 46 years. It's also unlikely, when Brady retires, that Paul Simon will write a song that uses Brady's quiet dignity to lament America's lost sense of innocence.
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By Ruth Sadler and Ruth Sadler,Sun Staff Writer | November 20, 1994
Joe DiMaggio is a baseball legend. The Hall of Fame outfielder, known since his playing days for guarding his privacy, is also legendary for rarely signing autographs.When he does sign, it is usually a small number of bats or balls. He has steadfastly refused to put his signature on artwork of himself.Until now. This week, in conjunction with DiMaggio's 80th birthday, Signature One Series is releasing 2,000 fine art serigraphs depicting the Yankee Clipper and signed by him."We approached him, not unlike all the other companies," says artist Carlo Beninati, 52, one of the partners in Signature One. "I think what really swung him over was the quality of the product.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | December 4, 2005
The Firm Foundation Worship Center in Carroll County is continuing its mission to help those in need, undeterred by what many in the small congregation felt was a rebuff from the most recent recipients of their kindness. Church members spent last week repairing a home lent for two months to a family that fled hurricane-devastated Louisiana. The family returned to the Gulf Coast last week, leaving the home in disarray, littered with trash and unwanted clothing. Graffiti were spray-painted in black letters on the exterior white siding.
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By Kent Baker | July 18, 1991
For two months and two days, the majesty of the feat captivated a nation still without television.A half-century ago, America depended on radio broadcasts, newspaper accounts and newsreels to get embroiled in Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, a major-league record that has not been seriously challenged."
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1998
CLEVELAND -- By this time next month, Rafael Palmeiro knows his road locker will be virtually inaccessible. He and Joe DiMaggio will be Eric Davis' next-door neighbors."
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | December 4, 2005
The Firm Foundation Worship Center in Carroll County is continuing its mission to help those in need, undeterred by what many in the small congregation felt was a rebuff from the most recent recipients of their kindness. Church members spent last week repairing a home lent for two months to a family that fled hurricane-devastated Louisiana. The family returned to the Gulf Coast last week, leaving the home in disarray, littered with trash and unwanted clothing. Graffiti were spray-painted in black letters on the exterior white siding.
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By DAN BERGER | August 15, 1995
When Joltin' Joe DiMaggio retired as center fielder, the Yankees knew nobody could fill his shoes. They tried a kid named Mickey Mantle. Just goes to show.Members of United We Stand America met in Dallas to try to decide how much longer they can stand the funny little guy with the big mouth and ears.More fans watch the Orioles than any other American League team. They go to suffer and feel pain to distract them from the heat.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | September 15, 1996
The parents of a 13-year-old girl killed last year when she was hit by a personal watercraft filed a $2.5 million lawsuit Friday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court against the couple who organized the boating trip.Raymond and Mary Bedell of Severna Park allege that James and Nora DiMaggio never should have allowed their daughter and five other children under age 14 to race personal watercraft on Jackson Creek near Grasonville on Aug. 2, 1995.Roxanne Bedell was killed about 3 p.m. when she was thrown off one watercraft and hit by another being operated by 11-year-old Molly Legg, according to the suit.
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By Jane Lippy and Jane Lippy,Contributing writer | July 24, 1991
Down the lane past the row of apple trees, it looks as if the circushas come to the country.Similar to the circus, because there's abig tent.Although there's something for the whole family under this big top, it's home to the Firm Foundation "Rock" Church, not the circus.The 70-member church is described as a non-denominational Christ-centered family ministry, said the Rev. Tom DiMaggio, the pastor. The church is affiliated with the "Rock" Ministerial Fellowship Family.The group meets in the spacious yellow, white and green tent on 31 acres it owns.
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By MARY GAIL HARE and MARY GAIL HARE,SUN REPORTER | October 11, 2005
Keith and Sandra Brown always answer even a cursory "How are you?" with "I am blessed." In Carroll County, the couple said, blessings are pouring on them. The Browns, of Houma, La., and seven of their eight children fled back-to-back hurricanes in the Gulf Coast and drove nearly 1,500 miles in a rickety pickup truck to the Taneytown home of their eldest son, Keith Brown Jr. After two days on the road, they arrived cold and hungry in the middle of the night and crowded into their son's home, along with his family, which includes infant twins.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2003
Johnny Pesky did not hold the ball. And if the shortstop did hesitate for a blink, it wasn't enough to cost the Red Sox the seventh game of the 1946 World Series and prolong a championship drought that began in 1919 and torments New England fans to this day. The definitive word comes from Dominic DiMaggio and Bobby Doerr, two of Pesky's teammates who with Ted Williams were the heart of that Red Sox club. The four men are the subject of a book by David Halberstam, The Teammates, in stores now by Houghton Mifflin.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | July 6, 2002
Hall of Famer Ted Williams was, by most accounts, the greatest pure hitter in the history of baseball, but the proof was in his astounding performance during the magical summer and fall of 1941. Williams, 83, who died of heart failure yesterday in Inverness, Fla., batted .406 that year and created a modern standard that has gone largely unthreatened in the six decades since. That number - .406 - stands as his signature achievement and sets him apart from every great hitter who has tried to swing a bat in his image.
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By Michael E. Waller and By Michael E. Waller,Sun Staff | October 22, 2000
"Joe DiMaggio, The Hero's Life," by Richard Ben Cramer. Simon & Schuster. 560 pages. $28. In 6,821 at bats in 13 years as a New York Yankee, Joe DiMaggio hit 361 home runs and struck out only 369 times, an awesome achievement recited repeatedly by knowledgeable baseball fans as the ultimate proof of his greatness. In his 84 years at the game of real life, DiMaggio hit few home runs and struck out countless times, a tragedy covered up for years by the DiMaggio Myth Machine. That's the core of Richard Ben Cramer's gripping character study, "Joe DiMaggio, The Hero's Life."
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | October 18, 2000
CHESTERTOWN - Here on the Eastern Shore, of all places, a different Joe DiMaggio has taken shape. He emerged from a small wooden house in a room furnished with a desk, computer, a few books, lots of files and one of those digital-age chairs that looks like a cross between a giant straw hat and a wire sculpture. Richard Ben Cramer sat in the chair for a few years of writing after a few years of reporting and has given new meaning to Paul Simon's lyric: "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?"
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August 10, 2000
Quote: "I'll finally get to see Marilyn." -- Yankees great Joe DiMaggio's final words, referring to his former wife Marilyn Monroe, according to friend Morris Engelberg, who was at the outfielder's bedside when he died in March 1999. It's a fact: Seattle improved to 67-46 on the season by winning Tuesday and moved 21 games above .500 for the first time in the franchise's 23-year history. Who's hot: Texas' Gabe Kapler ran his hitting streak to 23 games last night -- the AL's longest streak this season and one shy of matching the majors' longest.
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By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1996
CENTREVILLE -- In the most serious prosecution yet undertaken by the state in a fatal accident involving personal watercraft, James DiMaggio, 28, of Severna Park was convicted yesterday of four counts of reckless endangerment and nine counts of violating state boating regulations.The criminal charges stemmed from an accident Aug. 22 in Queen Anne's County when DiMaggio took six children under the age of 14 to a creek and let them go out on personal watercraft.Roxanne Bedell, 13, of Severna Park, was killed when the personal watercraft she was operating was hit by one operated by Molly Legg, 11.Judge Harry J. Goodrick found DiMaggio guilty and asked for a presentencing investigation.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun Reporter | February 3, 2008
Unlike Joe DiMaggio, Tom Brady's legacy and his legend will never be enhanced by his inclusion in an Ernest Hemingway novel. Hemingway - who used "The Great DiMaggio" as a symbol of courage, inspiration and resilience for his protagonist fisherman, Santiago, in his battle with a marlin in The Old Man and the Sea - has been dead for 46 years. It's also unlikely, when Brady retires, that Paul Simon will write a song that uses Brady's quiet dignity to lament America's lost sense of innocence.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 8, 2000
Last week, public television revisited Ernest Hemingway in "Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure." Tonight, another model of American masculinity from the post-war pages of Esquire magazine goes under the PBS microscope as the "American Experience" series brings us "Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life." Unlike Paul Simon, who wanted to know where Joltin' Joe had gone, the first business of this biography is in explaining from whence Joe came. The emphasis on DiMaggio's San Francisco roots -- both his family's poverty and his aversion to school and work -- is the first of many wise choices made by writer-producer Mark Zwonitzer and writer-narrator Richard Ben Cramer.
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August 10, 1999
Joe DiMaggio Jr., 57, the troubled son of the baseball Hall of Famer and a pallbearer at his father's funeral in March, died at a hospital in Antioch, Calif., apparently of natural causes, relatives and hospital officials said Saturday.Mr. DiMaggio, who was the baseball great's only child, struggled with substance abuse and homelessness during the last two decades. He was estranged from his father and saw him infrequently in recent years.Rita Sakellariou, 64,a singer who rose from desperate poverty and helped give late Socialist Premier Andreas Papandreou his popular appeal, died Friday of cancer in Athens, Greece.
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