Friday, May 8, 2009

"Little Professor", R.I.P.

Red Sox great Dom DiMaggio died earlier today.

Concerning Dom and his brother Joe, the similarities ended off the baseball field. Dom was a happily married family man without the many eccentricities that plagued his older brother. Dom was also a 7 time All Star that many feel was the superior DiMaggio defender. I still believe that if Dom wasn't forced to play in his brother's shadow, he would be in the Hall of Fame. Yes, he was that good.

The David Halberstam book, "The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship" chronicles the friendship between Dom, Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky during their playing days and into retirement. It culminates in a last road trip to see Ted in his failing health.

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