In both 1968 and 1969, Joe DiMaggio was a coach and the vice president for the Oakland Athletics under owner Charles O. Finley. As much as I see photos of Joe during his years in the A’s organization, I just can’t get used to him in the Oakland uniform. I still think it’s still pretty cool though as I’m a big A’s fan.
July 25th, 1948. During the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium against the Chicago White Sox, young boys ran on to the field during the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings in hopes of meeting The Yankee Clipper and getting his autograph. There is not a chance in hell that this would happen today and I think that’s kind of sad.
July 11th, 1935. DiMaggio poses with Lefty O’Doul (middle) and teammate Joe Marty (left). The 1935 season was Lefty’s first of 17 as the Player/Manager of the San Francisco Seals while it was DiMaggio’s last season with the Seals and one in which he won the MVP of the Pacific Coast League.
May 30th, 1941 at Fenway Park. Joltin’ Joe smashes a single against Red Sox Pitcher Earl Johnson while Johnny Peacock watches from behind the plate. This was the first game of a doubleheader and 15 days into Dimaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. This is a large photo worth clicking on to see some of the great detail.
Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio stand by and watch Yankee batting practice sometime in the late 1930′s. I love this photo as it captures the Yankees superstars of two generations together during their three seasons together. I could say four seasons together if you count 1939 as it Gehrig’s last in which he only played in 8 games.