On this date in 1951, Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball. I am old enough to remember him playing for the Yankees. I also remember that they used to call him Jump'n Joe DiMaggio. Why? I have no idea and can't find any info on it. Now, someone, please tell me I am not loosing my mind and that he did have that nickname!! Maybe he could leap high and catch fly balls???
His pictures remind me of a big, fun loving kid. Well, I was a kid when he was playing ball. Here is a picture of him:
And another picture. Was this one an old baseball card?
I am sure you all remember that Joe married Marilyn Monroe. That was a very publicized affair but it sure didn't last long, only about a year.
My grandma was quite a baseball fan and always listened to the games when they were on radio. She was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan. I have never been interested in watching baseball on TV, since to me, it is a slow, drawn out affair, unlike football or basketball or hockey or. . . . but when I was a kid back in the '50s, I got to go to a Pirates game. My Dad worked for H.J. Heinz Co. and they had a box right at first base. So my Dad would take customers to the baseball game now and then. Once, one guy couldn't make it, so I got to go along. I could reach over the fence and touch the grass on Forbes Field.
Oh to be a kid again. . . oh yes, that's right, I am plenty old enough to go through my second childhood. . . if only, I wish. Now, you all have a great day, you hear?