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The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream

Ecco: HarperCollins. 2013. 288p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780062183774. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062183798. SPORTS
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Readers familiar with Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak or his brief marriage to Marilyn Monroe may not know much more about him, including that two of his brothers, Vince and Dominic (Dom), also played major league baseball. Clavin (editor, East Hampton Independent; Gil Hodges) aims here to present a thumbnail sketch of the DiMaggio family and its history, discuss the brothers' experiences in pro baseball, describe their relationships with one another, and highlight their lives after baseball. The book provides an excellent guide to the ups and downs of the brothers' seasons in the sport, from pennant races to World Series championships, as it introduces readers to other heroes of the era, such as Ted Williams. For a deeper exploration of the brothers' relationships with one another, readers may want to try Jerome Charyn's Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil, or, for a closer look at Dominic DiMaggio and his Boston Red Sox teammates, David Halberstam's The Teammates.
VERDICT Baseball fans as well as armchair historians of the culture before, during, and after World War II will be most interested in this book.

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