Joe DiMaggio Diaries Up For Auction, Hardly Think the Shy Yankee Clipper Would Have Wanted It To Be



Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio, Our nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you. What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson. Jotting Joe has left and gone away, Hey hey hey.

Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper, was a class act both on and off the baseball diamond. Having always been known for his shyness and keeping to himself, one wonders whether Joe D. would have ever wanted his private diaries made public. I think we all know the answer. Joe_D_Marilyn

The entry is part of a 2,000-page, 29-volume collection of the New York Yankees icon’s diaries, meticulously handwritten between 1982 and 1993, which are now being offered for sale. The pages, in plastic protective sheets, are contained in thick, black loose-leaf binders that were kept stacked in the closet of DiMaggio’s lawyer. Other diary entries are also clipped and businesslike. DiMaggio was known for keeping his emotions to himself. (SI)

Joe DiMaggio was respected by all. In a day and age without 24–7–365 sports media, Joe DiMaggio was one of the most recognizable individuals. Many baseball traditionalists know Joe DiMaggio for his 56 game hitting streak that endures the test of time. Many admire with willingness for forgo three year from 1943–1945 to serve our country in WWII. Many know the Yankee Clipper as the one time husband of Marilyn Monroe and probably the best thing that ever happened to her.

Excerpt from Joe DiMaggio’s diary:

April 28, 1989: “Up at 5 a.m. … Book people felt me out with questions pertaining to baseball. Some part of my private life but not too strong on that. Will not reveal anything in a negative way towards Marilyn — only books that have come out on her might have not been truthful.” (MSNBC)

Just recently when Anna Nicole Smith passed away, many in the media compared it to the passing of Marilyn Monroe. However, once again those in the MSM could never have been more wrong. What was missing from the Anna Nicole Smith story was the hero named Joe DiMaggio. An individual who quietly kept to himself, never said a negative thing about Marilyn, nor ever tried to capitalize or make money off her. There are many people today, both in baseball and in every day life could learn a major league lesson from the class act named Joe DiMaggio.

Posted July 17, 2007 by
Media, Sports | 5 comments

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  • Comments

    5 Responses to “Joe DiMaggio Diaries Up For Auction, Hardly Think the Shy Yankee Clipper Would Have Wanted It To Be”

    1. Scared Monkeys on July 17th, 2007 9:59 pm

      What, no Joe D. Fans?

    2. sparrow on July 17th, 2007 10:32 pm


      I want to read the diaries. I remember that he put roses on Marilyn’s grave site for years after she died. He really loved her.

    3. Scared Monkeys on July 17th, 2007 11:22 pm

      I am a Red Sox fan and Joe D. is a personal hero.

    4. sparrow on July 18th, 2007 12:31 am

      My father loved baseball. He played in a minor league in the South. I read a short biography about him, and was surprised he had pitched against Ted Williams. The things we learn about our parents after they pass. My Dad could tell you what the pitcher was going to pitch and call the whole game from his chair in the den.

    5. mrs. red on July 19th, 2007 11:19 pm

      where have you gone Joe Dimaggio our lonely nation turns it’s eyes to you….

      Too bad sports figures don’t have this kind of class anymore.

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