56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports

Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports Seventy baseball seasons ago on a May afternoon at Yankee Stadium Joe DiMaggio lined a hard single to left field It was the quiet beginning to the most resonant baseball achievement of all time Star
  • Title: 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports
  • Author: Kostya Kennedy
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  • 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports
    Seventy baseball seasons ago, on a May afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio lined a hard single to left field It was the quiet beginning to the most resonant baseball achievement of all time Starting that day, the vaunted Yankee center fielder kept on hitting at least one hit in game after game after game.In the summer of 1941, as Nazi forces moved relentlessly acroSeventy baseball seasons ago, on a May afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio lined a hard single to left field It was the quiet beginning to the most resonant baseball achievement of all time Starting that day, the vaunted Yankee center fielder kept on hitting at least one hit in game after game after game.In the summer of 1941, as Nazi forces moved relentlessly across Europe and young American men were drafted by the millions, it seemed only a matter of time before the U.S went to war The nation was apprehensive Yet for two months in that tense summer, America was captivated by DiMaggio s astonishing hitting streak In 56, Kostya Kennedy tells the remarkable story of how the streak found its way into countless lives, from the Italian kitchens of Newark to the playgrounds of Queens to the San Francisco streets of North Beach from the Oval Office of FDR to the Upper West Side apartment where Joe s first wife, Dorothy, the movie starlet, was expecting a child In this crisp, evocative narrative Joe DiMaggio emerges in a previously unseen light, a 26 year old on the cusp of becoming an icon He comes alive a driven ballplayer, a mercurial star and a conflicted husband as the tension and the scrutiny upon him build with each passing day.DiMaggio s achievement lives on as the greatest of sports records Alongside the story of DiMaggio s dramatic quest, Kennedy deftly examines the peculiar nature of hitting streaks and with an incisive, modern day perspective gets inside the number itself, as its sheer improbability heightens both the math and the magic of 56 games in a row.
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  • A great read, especially this time of year when baseball fever hits The most interesting aspect of the book was learning how the American people followed the incredible 56 game hitting streak while at the same time dealing with the very serious problems brewing over in Europe Summer of 1941.

  • A great baseball book, capturing nicely the day to day rhythm of the game, with the added element of an unlikely streak and the building pressure that the streak created The book does a very nice job of juxtaposing the world events of 1941 on the baseball events, giving insight not only into the game but also into the feeling of a nation as the world slipped into war I was particularly interested in the snapshots into individual games along the way the game relatively early in the streak where t [...]

  • Joe DiMaggio probably wasn t the Greatest Living Ballplayer when that vote was taken in 1969 A better case can be made for Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, or Willie Mays If you are going by career numbers as opposed to a player at his peak, you can add Stan Musial to that group But you can make the argument that DiMaggio was better than his numbers for intangible reasons I don t buy this argument, or that he would have been better in another era or another park.That doesn t mean that he wasn t grea [...]

  • Sports records and streaks no longer captivate the country the way they once did For one reason, performance enhancing drugs have both tainted their mystique and increased the frequency of their being broken One wonders whether the recordbooks of the future will have multiple asterisks next to every entry But Joe DiMaggio s streak in 1941 of 56 consecutive games with at least one hit will likely stand forever It also came at precisely the time when our worried nation needed a distraction from th [...]

  • If it weren t for Cleveland s 3rd baseman playing DiMaggio to pull this book may have been titled 73 Kennedy, despite than a few grammar problems with words left out of sentences and a bit too much talk of the kids imitating the Yankee Clipper in NYC stickball games, does a good job discussing the 56 game hitting streak and its historical and statistical context By any numerical analysis, it s a complete aberration No one else has come within 12 games However, when you factor in that DiMaggio h [...]

  • I enjoyed the book It very effectively details one of the incredible athletic achievements of our time, and does so against the backdrop of pre WWII United States This seems to be the definitive treatment of the streak, and the author s details, research and writing style serve the book very effectively I found myself fascinated by the differences and yes similarities between the ball players of 1941 and those of today This is a great baseball book that fully describes the record that will never [...]

  • 2 This is almost a 4 star baseball book, but for general reading it certainly doesn t rate that well The DiMaggio story is fascinating, but there is so much lost in the correlations and development of the war effort, his relationship with his wife and his unique idiosyncrasies outside of baseball I m glad I read it, as the details on the hit streak were terrific, but Joe will remain a sort of neurotic weirdo in my mind regardless of his amazing prowress on the diamond The analysis of data and pr [...]

  • As a rule, I do not read a lot of sports books because I find most of them to be boring However, this book covers the 56 game hitting streak of Joe DiMaggio but it s than just a game by game recap The author really sets the scene of life in 1941 I enjoyed this book a lot It took me just two days to read it Even though I hate the Yankees, I loved 56 Joe DiMaggio And The Last Magic Number In Sports If you are a baseball fan, I think you will love this one too

  • This book is about Joe DiMaggio s 56 game hitting streak that encompassed games played between May 15th and July 16th, 1941 Between those dates Joe DiMaggio got at least one hit in every game, a record no one has even come close to breaking since.Everything in this work uses the streak as its anchor point If you keep that in mind you won t be disappointed at not getting a fuller biography of Joe DiMaggio, or salacious details of his marriage to Marilyn Monroe, or a wider discussion of baseball i [...]

  • A marvelous read Kennedy knows his material well, partly due to his clear interest in it and partly from the exhaustive research he conducted His writing is equally impressive Details abound he makes you feel the streets and fields of 1941 Joe DiMaggio becomes a fully formed character, a real human In some ways despite principally covering only one summer of Joltin Joe s life this is a biography of DiMaggio That s how closely his identity is tied to the titular, extraordinary achievement Kennedy [...]

  • A very interesting read on Dimaggio s hitting streak and the times as the streak unfolded against the backdrop of World War II.The history and nature of hitting streaks was discussed and made one aware of how truly difficult they are.As one would expect, there was much additional color on the other famous and obscure players of the time Also a reminder of the huge social impact of the game of baseball and its centrality in American life.

  • I m even convinced that this record will never be broken The circumstances surrounding every hit of every game on the way to this achievement are impossible to imagine ever happening again As such a lifelong fan of the game I don t know if this is comforting to know the record is safe with such a great man, or discouraging that I will likely never see anything close in my lifetime.

  • This is a wonderful and totally satisfying read It is not merely a journal of box scores and daily recaps of the games in the streak Rather it is a thoughtful portrayal of what the streak meant to New Yorkers most notably, but to American at large Nothing captured the imagination of immigrants and especially Italians quite like their Guissepe from the San Francisco Bay area in his anguishing quest to make baseball history But it also mesmerized all baseball fans and even those not faithful to Am [...]

  • This may have been a much interesting book had I not recently read another biography of Joe DiMaggio But having done so there is a great deal of biography in with the recounting of the 56 game streak Unfortunately, I would estimate that the streak itself accounts for less than 1 3 of the book For instance, games 50 53 with the following information on the games and at bats DiMaggio had run his hitting streak to 50 straight by singling in the first inning, and then added two sinces and a ninth [...]

  • It was May 15, 1941 As America watched newsreels and read about the fascist menace in Europe, another type of horror gripped the American people It started out harmlessly enough, a reserved, handsome man from San Francisco wearing pinstripes and the number 5 on his back The son of Italian immigrants and married to an actress, he had come east in 1936 after setting the Pacific Coast League ablaze with the San Francisco Seals But, on that particular afternoon in 1941, Joe DiMaggio began casting a [...]

  • Joe DiMaggio s 56 game hitting streak in 1941 still stands today as one of the most mythical baseball records to ever hold up over time While a tainted Steroid Era of baseball wiped away many of the power hitting records from decades gone by, Joe D s streak remains intact Thus, author Kostya Kennedy gives us a book all about that magnificent streak the ins and the outs of it.Primarily, this book focuses on the context of the streak, including the state of the country i.e readying for war at the [...]

  • 56 is one of those numbers in which baseball fans immediately know the record or achievement to which it denotes, along with 714,.406, or 511 In the case of 56, that is the number of consecutive games in which Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio got at least one base hit in 1941 It is considered to be a record that may never be broken, and DiMaggio s journey on the way to achieving this remarkable feat is chronicled in this excellent book by author Kostya Kennedy.The book is much than simply a game [...]

  • 56 takes on the streak from every angle Kennedy brings you deep into the moment and then pulls you back out for the view from space 360, inside and out The book jumps from game to game, place to place, era to era, but it never loses you Every chapter dovetails into the next Every jump back in time or forward to the present comes at just the right time when you re wanting It is about the streak in all of its context with all of its players My favorite aspect of the book is ts singular focus on t [...]

  • I came to this fresh from reading Jane Leavy s The Last Boy, in which she disparages Joe DiMaggio for his stand offish attitude to her hero, Mickey Mantle from where I sit, I can t see that DiMaggio really owed Mantle anything DiMaggio was stand offish to pretty much everyone and everything a trait which Nick Tosches, in Dino, his epic biography of Dean Martin, identified as lontano , and in Mantle he obviously saw a cafone, which is pretty much what Mantle was Joe played in 10 World Series over [...]

  • See my full review in the Deseret News here deseretnews article 70Kennedy has made 56 much than a biography of a streak It also serves as psychological profile of DiMaggio, of his bittersweet first marriage, of the nature of high performance and of how one surpassing record turned a 26 year old superstar into a great American icon.Kennedy is at his best when he plumbs DiMaggio s psyche, explores the love he and his pregnant wife Dorothy shared and considers the streak with players then and now, [...]

  • This book is all about Joe DiMaggio life story growing up He was born November 25, 1914 Joe grew up playing baseball his whole life He eventually made it to the big leagues and played for one of the greatest teams of all time, The New York Yankees Joe accomplishes many things as the Yankees center fielder He was a three time American League MVP He was also the athlete of the year in 1941 Joe DiMaggio is known for his incredible hitting streak DiMaggio went 56 games getting a hit in every single [...]

  • What a wonderful book.I love baseball I love the history of the game This combines both with a narrative that flows like a novel It is the story of a ball player who made a hit in 56 straight games.It s the early summer of 1941 Men are being drafted the country is changing over to a war footing but December 7 is still months away And the country has turned its eyes toward a young man wearing pin strips who plays center field for the NY Yankees.Joe DiMaggio, one of the greatest ball players in th [...]

  • 56 is definitely a magic number and one that Kostya Kennedy examines thoroughly both in the chronology and the sideways glances that tell us about other streaks and other players It is insightful and except for the attempt to connect us with local teens in useless vignettes, it is detailed in giving us context and ultimate in examining the unlikely sequence that would produce a hitting streak two weeks longer than any other.Somehow DiMaggio is a machine of consistency, a man who lacks love abili [...]

  • I really enjoyed this book and a great read during baseball season Kennedy does a good job of explaining not only the 56 game streak but also what was going on in the world and America at the time and how Italian Americans were viewed and treated in 1941 I also liked his view from here where he gives his own opinions on the streak and what was going on in 1941 What I really found interesting is how close DiMaggio came in several games to not getting to 56 Last at bats and in one game was it a hi [...]

  • I loved it when the author compared the streak to other players, showed how hard it was, and how impossible matching this record is I wish the author had wrote along those lines This is quiet possibly the single most impossible event in any sport 56 games in a row Getting a hit three out of ten times is considered really good This is probably the only record in sports that will never be broken That being said, the story elements really seem to drag Kennedy isn t necessarily a story teller, and [...]

  • Good book, following DiMaggio through his 56 game hitting streak in the summer of 1941 but not as good as I expected, and probably not as good as I think it could have been I hate saying that, because it implies I think I could do better than the author and I doubt I could The story mostly stayed with DiMaggio and the Yankees day to day schedule, which by itself made for good reading But I guess I expected a little context about what the country was experiencing at the time and how it affected [...]

  • Jolting Joe s 56 game hitting streak is definitely the biggest remaining record in baseball, and likely the greatest individual record in all of sports this book covers the events of every game of the streak in some detail, but the most interesting parts cover Joe s life growing up in San Francisco, the nature of the game of baseball in that time, fascinating social commentary on life in the 40 s and, best of all, a description of the USA as the country prepared for WWII DiMaggio s streak was th [...]

  • I really wanted to like this book and the parts that were about the streak itself and its place in baseball history were good However, the context elements were up and down The state of the nation and the influence of WWII were well written but the random characters here and there whose thoughts about DiMaggio that we learn are they all even real I was never sure if it was worth remembering who they were Some turned up again in a sentence three chapters later, some did not The epilogue, with its [...]

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