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New York Yankees: Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil

In Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil, you can appreciate the admiration author Jerome Charyn had for Joe DiMaggio the New York Yankees baseball player.

The first half of the book, Charyn is just a fan that enjoyed nothing more than going to Yankee Stadium and watching DiMaggio play the game of baseball with such grace.

In a sense Charyn wanted to keep his DiMaggio the unvarnished hero that the Yankee Clipper was when he wore the pinstripes.

The later half tells a story of a man who struggled with life after baseball, the true love of DiMaggio’s life, until he met Marilyn Monroe.

Monroe and DiMaggio loved each other but valued how they were perceived to be even more, as the most beautiful actress and the greatest to play the game.

Once DiMaggio desired for Monroe to take on the role of wife their relationship soured. Only to end with DiMaggio being rejected, which did not bode well with a man who was suppose to be perfect. Charyn asserts to the idea that it was only after Monroe’s tragic death, that DiMaggio became the thoughtless character he is remembered for today.

Whether it was in DiMaggio’s personality or whether the pressure of being a baseball star got the better of him is what the author brings into question. Maybe DiMaggio felt used and baseball was the only real personal connections he truly formed authentically.

It makes DiMaggio’s attitude almost understandable and for a moment even endearing. Charyn’s words describe a passionate man in everything he did, regardless of whether it was good or bad, it was just very real.

It justifies why DiMaggio said, “I’d like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”

The book reiterates a recurring theme amongst athletes still today, why life is sometimes so hard off the baseball field, when everyone seems to love you when you are on it.

When I completed reading The Long Vigil, one of my favorite quotes came to mind this one by Dr. Harriet Braiker.

It best describes how I perceive Joe DiMaggio after being influenced by Charyn valiant words:

“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.Dr. Harriet Braiker

 

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6 Comments

  1. Kate – thanks for a great review and for hosting a stop on the blog tour. It's a special treat when a Yankee fan writes a book reviewed by a fellow Yankee fan. It doesn't get better than that. I also really like the quote you selected at the end. Great job!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Joe DiMaggio reminds me of my dad – who is a major Yankees fan. Even looks like him. Thanks for the great review. Its a great idea for Fathers Day gift.

  3. Lenore says:

    Let me join the chorus of appreciative readers – it's a thoughtful, well-written review. Joe would love to know that Yankee fans remember him for what he did for the Yankees, while trying to understand his very human flaws. You put it perfectly when you wrote: "Monroe and DiMaggio loved each other but valued how they were perceived to be even more . . ."

  4. Emily says:

    After reading your review I did googled for more reviews. The book is getting a good reception almost everywhere it's been reviewed. And it's no wonder – it is a very good subject.

  5. Kim Rawks says:

    Hey Stephanie! Thanks for the fathers day idea. My dad would love to read this one.

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