diflucan dosage for yeast infections buy tinidazole neurocet reviews on vigrx how to get real accutane brand cialas propecia finasteride side effects doxazosin medication alli for sale feldene gel side effects berifen 50 tamoxifen 20 mg price buy zoloft probenecid colchicine prednisone online order zyrtec 10mg antihistamine side effects online antibiotics fast buy elavil no prescription cheap viagra mastercard norapred para que sirve confidex ingredients in benadryl topomax no prescription us pharmacy cheap kamagra pills uk cataflam suspension diclofenac lantus patient assistance program cialis poland coupon for cialis daily sifrol pramipexole treatment for shingles viagra in stores cymbalta antidepressant and weight loss toradol injection lexapro buy online no prescription ed meds online in usa terbinafine 250mg tablets side effects dilantin side effects pregnancy viagra side effects medications dikloron jelly belly cefalexina dosis para infeccion de garganta prozac and weight gain prozac side effects game of thrones season 5 start date myrbetriq and furosemide contraindications hyaluronic acid injections cost atepros 50mg demerol canadian drug without rx canadian pharmacy levitra professional levofloxacin 500 mg orally order promethazine with codeine online prilosec side effects omeprazole long term buy seasonique online rollbox game levothroid medication side effects online meds without a prescription what is cialis used for name brand cialis online cipla lamotrigine medication for pain order tadafil from india nexium 40 mg esomeprazole generics bisoprolol hctz 10 6.25 caberoline for sale captopril generic name 10mg levitra cialis 5mg daily vistaril 25mg furadonin ruger canadian drugs without prescriptions adderall withdrawal length lotrisone cream uses cheap propecia bought safe avana at the rim san antonio texas pilocarpine drug study cycline drugs prandin side effects repaglinide prandin xeloda side effects capecitabine xeloda lopressor medication side effects ipratropium bromide atrovent peanut allergy nasonex nasal spray price fluoxetine hcl 10mg capsule liposafe weight loss relafen medication 750 mg how long do you take famvir for shingles ventolin hfa coupon card vitamin b12 apertium traductor de idiomas piroxicam 10mg cap leponex tablete de vanzare livial tibolone tablets phenergan for sale digoxina dosis de insulina cytotec erectile disfunction zoloft and breastfeeding risk amoxicillin online uk cialis 10 mg pret erectile pills over the counter generic cialis black 800mg ibuprofen and alcohol effects on liver ritalin vs adderall high buy doxycycline no rx chigualos cortos poemas safe generic pills viagra from canadian pharmacies can i get colchicine from cananda differin adapalene cream 0.1 codeine promethazine uk mexican pharmacy online purchase amphetamine salt combo 20mg buy real viagra from canada topamax where to buy home made viagra tijuana pharmacy medications buy robaxin from india septrin tablets and cough bactrim ds dosing myambutol ethambutol dosage prostata sintomas cancer cafergot bestellen levitra 20mg tab schering buying zovirax online uk cialis daily use reviews lamotrigine side effects weight loss rx247 viagra valacyclovir online feldene piroxicam bula therapy 2000 jobs albendazole online pharmacy eszopiclone 3 mg tablet online prescription free pharmacy atenolol for anxiety dosing zolpidem tartrate 10 mg tablet pictures topamax side effects weight loss canadian drug stores online synthroid online paypal gpchealth coupons for pizza epogen dosage information meprate dosage of aspirin caffeine in coffee vs tea entocort budesonide capsules buy online uroxatral medication side effects enalapril for dogs with congestive heart failure chlamydia symptoms after treatment zoloft weight loss or gainzolpidem 24 hour viagra best android launchers canadian prescription drugs with paypal best online pharmacy nolva order zestril from canada prescriptions on line cialis professional belgique libre buy indocin from india canada pharmacy mail order cyrux pastillas de leche levitra orosolubile vendita italia buy allegra 120 mg online no rx flagyl precio effexor xr 150 ed pills at gnc how much is viagra in south africa www ameriamedx lasixs water pill otc viagra price in ksa arimidex for men dosage indinavir and grapefruit use of aldactone for hair loss floucoric capsule 150 mg kenacomb otic creamkeppra is antivert over the counter viagra srbija cena buy amoxicilina 500 mg from mexico xanax dosages diltiazem er 240 fucidin ointment over the counter cheap propecia 5 mg therapy notes template medameds rapidshare library carafate for dogs dosage dicyclomine 10mg floxin ear drops ofloxacin get canadian drugs lumigan 0.03 hoodia gordonii cactus purchase arava does viagra work with alcohol cialis pills online 5mg no prescription cialis gelltabs on line buying 2mg abilify mtabs reviews sildenafil kaufen deutschland shelf life of levitra progynova tablets in ivf zinoxime vial clomid reviews zoloft and pregnancy exelon myhr benefits clavamox dosage for cats per pound purchase cipro on line atacand side effects chest tightnesscitrato de clomifeno 50mg how to take letrozole for fertility plavix manufacturer drug clindamycin side effects antibiotic dyazide side effects medication top quality canadian pharmacy zofran dosage for children with stomach virus nonprecriptiondrugs cilas lotemax gel package insert nexium side effects medication lisinopril without prescription tryptizol information processing online pharmacy mifepristone chlamydia pneumoniae igg glucophage metformin tenormin 50 mg apetamin weight gain pills pharmacy support team ketorolac tromethamine 10mg tramadol controlled substance illinois decoflenaco in canada confido himalaya review synthroid and weight gain doctor reminyl drug addictionrenagel weight loss pills propecia dosage for women order estrogen provera to start period doctor beconase nasal spray coupon ivermectin for humans over the counter nolvadex dosage for pct candian no script pharmacy motrin vs advil difference kemadrin procyclidine purchase vytorin coupons fasigyn fortes pheromones perfume for men bonadoxina pfizer dosis pastillas para abortar abilify generic date obetrol adhd diet order cialis 10mg cheap in us buying cialis online forum mayo clinic lisinopril side effects cough noroxin shampoo and conditioner clotrimazole troche 10mg bystolic 5 mg side effects weight gain orderpharma reviews on vigrx alternative to lupin 500 mg advantage chevrolet bolingbrook reviews dynamogen ampollas mircette side effects forum nogales mexico fluconazole 200 mg for yeast infection viagra promotion digoxin level monitoring free prozac samples tetracycline online no prescription buy arimidex uk eutirox 100 tablets segurex 50 sildenafil 50 mg candy samples cialis daily review acyclovir no prescription needed dyazide without prescription casodex 50 mg treatment allegra d 12 hour allergy & congestion viagra prezzo in farmacia buy viagara with goft card cialis sold online flagyl medication ovulation calculator frumil lsac get a particpating for viagra less expensive male viagra overnight pharmacy 4 u cart fluoxetine for dogs dosage order peractin online progesterone levels during pregnancy with twins avodart hair loss finasteride aurochem axon vitamix blender costco citrate of magnesia laxative rite aid ajanta pharma 50mg kamagra lavestra tablettask can i order levritra off the internet viagra hotline xl pharmacy cialis buy dilantin no prescription clozapine monitoring guidelines the effect of buspar on dopamine levels lumigan eye drops generic buy valium from india loong for ginseng angela buy zyvox no prescription water pills gnc order synthetic viagra buy metronidazole caps uk staxyn 10mg how to use it pletal cilostazol medication ingredients buy viagra online spain flexeril 10 mg nexium otc price aviagra 4 birds on whats non prescription viagra drug epharmacy online calculator buy glucophage 500 mg buy prescription drugs online legally strong kamagra latisse side effects eye twitching erectalis paypal prepaid percocet vs vicodin 7.5 styplon tablets on sale albendazole side effects dogs vermox 100mg actos pioglitazone onlain tamashebi cycline antibiotic family pharmacy no prescription us septrin antibiotic side effect apetamin cyproheptadine lysine & vitamins syrup 200ml viagra generics rimadyl for dogs carprofen therapy dog certification desogen and side effects can you buy clomid over the counter uk i need a viagra prescription where to get the best low cost cialis trazodone 100mg cardinal health jobs in dublin ohio purple pharmacy mexico drug list insulin glargine mechanism of action getting viagra over the counter imovane 7 5mg zopiclone dosage is generic cialis as good as cialis verapamil hydrochloride side effects alphagan eye drops manufacturer atorvastatin recall in april 2013 works like viagra over counter 24 7 pharmacy buy lasix usa florinef medication dose what is tofranil medication online pharmacies prednisone 10mg depakote er tofranil side effects medication effexor withdrawal side effects olanzapine tablets 5mg lopid 600 mg triglycerides diets where can i buy viagra online strattera side effects children suicide amantadina clorfenamina paracetamol roselle uses of beprogel solution cholesterol diets plans what to eat what not to eat toradol vs tramadol sildegra nedirajte prazosin for nightmares side effects llx pill store amiloride hctz user ratings cialis online greece drug store online tadafilcanada seroxat side effects weight zetia side effects muscle adhd drugs online buy order prednisone online from india 1 dollar a pill viagra acivir cream omifin clomifeno 50mg instant erection company 98223 albuterol inhaler 90 mcg cheap no rx furolin dosage for amoxicillin lesofat pills philippines spironolactone uses order revia online buy levitra professional online flomax moa cialis kaufen wien aldara cream side effects how long trental 400 mg pentoxifylline buy tadalafil using paypal famciclovir 500 mg side effects lasix furosemide jasmine thompson fosamax osteoporosis osteoporosis alphagan p eye drops unisom sleep tabs pregnancy no script viagra lotrel 5/20mg best online pharmacy ativan lorazepam dosage dose pharmacy in canada nosipren 20mg pfizer news layoffs buy levitra in us without prescription diflucan and alcohol interaction how much is singulair voltaren gel for arthritis price in mexico clomid steroid online viagra gel capsules naproxen medication warfarin coumadin prices insulin pumps elavil information side effects prednisolone for sale online diane stretton family praziquantel for cats lamotrigine medication o long 100 want to order viagra cialis online doxycycline malaria buy online carbimazole mechanism of action norvasc purchase without prescription ciprobay xr 1000mg cleocin hcl 300mg for kidney infection cialis sublingual review dicyclomine 10 mg capsules vermox 500 mexico provera period side effects detrol generic cheap propecia 10mg mometasone furoate cream usp used formonodoxinmupirocin praziquantel for horses and dogs xanax overdose symptoms side effects budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg/2 ml can i buy cialis paypal venolin pills for sale on line free ed pills sample pilex dosage viagra real online paypal top online pills xenical in spain for sale picareta em ingles order viagra in canada best prices asthma symptoms in children treatment flomaxtra xl 400 ordering xenical retigel palmitato de retinol que viagra for sale amsterdam buy zithromax fast shipping tegretol 200mg coupons diltiazem 24 hour er side effects overseas pharmacy xanax cuckold creek hollywood md 20636 fentanyl citrate fluoxetine overnight delivery buy xenical america advantage chevrolet bolingbrook used cars american viagra for women cialis medication information kamagrafast comcast sildenafil generico prezzo virectin reviews amazon buy alstace online withour prescription lidocaine patch 5 price yasmine yousaf krewella clavupen 100mg nicotine walmart price for viagra nuvigil side effects and weight loss flazol 500mg metronidazole cipla medicine list myambutol 400mg seroquel diflucan and breastfeeding safety rxdrugstore phentermine online irbesartan drug elocon cream without prescription progesterone levels and pregnancy capoten drug interactions alli purchase online metazole 500 mg neurocet reviews 50 discount propecia canada isotretoin 40 mg buy jasmine guy 2015 epogen medication guide prozac uses and side effects in children pyridium 200mg tab viagra online canada reliable viagra online no precription buy ampiciline on line venta de viagra cheapest cialis soft furacin ointment where to buy kegunaan obat metronidazole comptar cialis sin receta medica en usa cymbalta withdrawal over counter water pills safe cheap viagra salibet ointment for ringworm reglan dosage for gastroparesis cara makan pil perancang mercilon rxlist com generic name 247 overnight pharmacy canadian cabaser dosage pct patent where to buy fucidin cream flomaxtra side effects omnicef antibiotic side effects hytrin medication owerseas viraga buspar dosing no prescription online pharmacy uk naproxen sodium 550 mg primatene mist ingredients buying antibiotics on the internet magnesium oxide benefits propecia mas barato doxazosin mesylate 2 mg side effects print maxalt coupons
Home Maury Brown Reflections on the Passing of "Teammate" Dominic DiMaggio

Like Shoot to Thrill - An AC/DC Tribute on Facebook!

An authentic tribute of AC/DC that covers the best of the Bon Scott era and the best of Brian Johnson's material

Who's Online?

We have 896 guests online

Atom RSS

Reflections on the Passing of "Teammate" Dominic DiMaggio PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 9
PoorBest 
Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 08 May 2009 11:14

Dominic DiMaggioFormer Red Sox great, Dominic DiMaggio passed away early Friday morning at his home in Marion, MA due to complications from a recent bout with pneumonia. DiMaggio was 92 years old.

“Dom DiMaggio was a beloved member of the Red Sox organization for almost 70 years,” said Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry.  “Even after his playing days, Dom’s presence at Fenway Park together with his teammates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky on numerous occasions reminded us all of a glorious Red Sox era of years past.  He was a great teammate and an even better human being.  His loss saddens us all but his contributions to the glory and tradition of our ballclub will forever be etched in the annals of Red Sox history.”

“Dom and I played together for 10 years and he certainly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” said Red Sox Legend and former teammate Johnny Pesky.  “He was a great player and, most of all, a great friend.  I will miss him terribly.  My prayers and sympathies go out to his wife, Emily, and his family.”

“I first met Dom in 1936 when I was playing with his brother, Vince,” said Hall of Fame second baseman and former teammate Bobby Doerr.  “We eventually played together in Boston and he was a real class guy and a great teammate.  My sympathies are with Emily and his family.”

Some will asking me, “What does the passing of Dominic DiMaggio have to do with baseball outside the lines?” Well, for anyone that has read the late, great David Halberstam’s book, The Teammates, the passing of Dom is a reminder that while baseball is a game, the relationships formed between the players can be life long.

While those that have read my interviews will attest, they are almost entirely around sports business. However, I’d like to think I’m not a one trick pony; business of sports not being the only thing I can cover.

Early on, I read Ed Linn’s Hitter: The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams. It reshaped my thinking as to what hero athletes were really about. Before, they were unfailing, upstanding, and non-complex figures that could do no wrong. After reading, I understood the compelling nature of athletes in a far more complex manner that has driven me to where I am today. I find sports off the playing surface far more intriguing due to the personalities and complexities involved. It is not black and white, but rather a world filled with gray.

As I started doing interviews, I was fortunate to have two of Williams’ teammates in close proximity: Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky, both of which have ties to Oregon (Pesky grew-up in Portland, and Doerr has lived in the state for most of his life).

In memory of DiMaggio’s passing, here are a couple of excerpts from the 2002 interview with Doerr, and the 2006 interview with Pesky that I was fortunate enough to have conducted regarding “The Teammates”:

Brown: A lot is made about Joe DiMaggio, but his brother Dom was pretty good as well. What was he like?

Doerr: Dominic was a really good player. [He] was just an everyday, smooth type of player. He never had a problem with a popup out in the outfield between center field and second base. You had to play with him to appreciate the amount of range he had in the outfield. He had a good accurate arm, [and] played a very shallow center field. He was good.

Brown on the ’46 World Series: In the ninth inning of Game 7, with the Red Sox down a run, you singled the tying run into scoring position. Did you feel any differently at that point about the outcome of the game, like, "Hey, we're going to pull this off"?

Doerr: No, I don't think you feel any different, you just always have that hope of doing that. Dominic and I have talked of the play to Pesky. Dom had pulled his leg muscle and [Leon] Culberson was put in to replace Dom in center field. Dom said, "If I had been center field Slaughter would have never scored on that play." He would have been positioned different. He would have charged the ball more, and got the ball in or would have made the play himself. That outfield in St. Louis was rough, just terrible, and I think Culberson going in there probably played the ball pretty conservative. He was playin' a little more straightaway than what Dom would have done. See, Harry Walker was pretty much a straightaway left center field hitter, and Dom would have been playin' over there. He says, "Slaughter would have never scored had he been playin'"

Brown: What pitcher gave you the most trouble in your career?

Pesky: Sure, there were a few guys … I hit them, but I never hit them as well as I would have liked to. I had trouble with a guy named [Spud] Chandler. I knew him from my clubhouse days. He was a mean guy. But most of those guys knew how to pitch to areas. They would knock you off the plate and come inside. They wouldn’t throw up by your head though—at your waist on down. A lot of times in tough ball games, even in the middle or late innings, I would turn in to make sure I got on base. I would get hit in the leg or in the fanny. But we learned. We had the greatest hitter that ever lived named Ted Williams. And even with two outs we didn’t want Ted leading off. I remember a lot of times—not a lot but many times—I would bunt with two outs.

If I was playing now with a guy hitting .400 hitting behind you, you try and hit a double and put yourself in scoring position. But with a guy like Williams, this is what Joe McCarthy and Cronin used to advocate. Regardless of how many outs, we don’t want Ted leading an inning off. If he hit a ball in the corner, you could score from first base. And a lot of times he hit the ball out of the ball park and you would pick up two runs.

But this is the way it worked. Dominic and I had a hit-and-run play and a bunt-and-run play. And we were very successful with it.

Brown: You chose Bobby Doerr as the greatest Red Sox 2B of all time. Bobby lives in Oregon and you were born and raised in Portland.

I had the great interview with him in 2002 and, given you're long relationship with him, Ted Williams and Dominic DiMaggio, can you talk to us about Bobby and how you see him as a person, as well as a baseball player?

Pesky: We got Ted in ’36. Ted and Bobby were the first to come. Then we got Dom and I came a couple of years later. Dom came in ’38 and Ted was optioned to Minneapolis in ’38, but Bobby Doerr stayed with the ball club as an extra. And the next year he became regular. Ted went to Minneapolis in ’38 and had a great year. In ’39 he hit a lot of home runs and became the regular left fielder from that time. That was ’39, 40 and then, in ’41, he hit the.406. That was the year I was in Louisville. I didn’t see that, but I met him the next year and in ’42 he hit .350. With all those home runs and runs batted, he is a great hitter and he could do a lot of things. But Doerr and Dominic, they were so good as people. They were good players and they knew what their roles were. Dominic and I had a great time together. He hit first and I hit second and I should have hit well. They didn’t want to walk me and pitch to Ted. I had a good time and took advantage of it.

Brown: On “Slaughter’s mad dash”, history shows that it would have been impossible for you to make the play at the plate on Slaughter as he was nearly half way to the plate after Harry Walker’s soft shot over Doerr’s head. But you were the only player to come out and take the heat for the play saying, “Well, if they had to blame somebody and wanted to blame me, well, that was fine with me. I could handle it.”

Pesky: It doesn’t bother me to talk about this. I did what I had to do. If they want to blame me then I accept it. I learned that from when I was a boy in the clubhouse. There was a pitcher, Bill Posedel, that I just loved and he was a father figure and he liked me. He would throw a few bucks my way when I was working in the clubhouse. I love this man. He knew the right way to play ball. He used to come to the ballpark early, and this all goes back to my clubhouse days when I was about 14 or 15 or 16 years of age. “Johnny,” he says, “one thing in this game, it’s the perfect, imperfect game.” That was the first time I had heard that. “If you do something wrong, don’t make any excuses.” I even did this in my minor league days on this play where I was accused of holding the ball. Well, I accepted it. It’s just one of those things that happens to a guy that could have happened to anybody. It happened to Mickey Owen, he was considered a goat. It happened to Lombardi … and all this. They wanted to blame me and I accepted it. Really, Bobby and Dominic defended me and so did Ted.

Brown: I have seen tape of the play, there was no way you could have made the play

Pesky: Oh no. I’ll tell ya what happened is that Dominic came up lame the inning before and Culberson went out to center field. Well, if Culberson would have been playing normally where Dom was, I don’t think Slaughter would have tried. Even Slaughter said that if Dominic was in center field he wouldn’t have even tried it. He had two outs—hold up; we have one of our better hitters leading the inning off. Because that’s the way you looked at it, you always looked ahead.

Enos even said—and I have been to signings with him and everything—that on the train ride back from St. Louis, “I hope they don’t break that kid’s heart.” Well, you start to think about your reputation and you have enough self pride, you just fight back. And I think in ’47 I had a pretty good year. I had 200 hits.

It’s just one of those things that happened and it has happened to better players than me. I can still hear Bill Posedel in the back of my head say, “Accept the responsibility, whether you like it or not.” And all in all I have no qualms about it. If they want to blame me, I’ll accept it.

For a while I was sensitive about it, but after talking to my wife and thinking about it I thought I was nuts to let this thing bother me. And you kind of put it out of your mind, but it’s still in the back of your head. I just had to battle back and play harder, work harder. I don’t care how good the player is or who the player is, there are going to be plays the player regrets. Whenever you are in a play where a play has to be made, naturally you are going to take more time and think about it. “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.” Ha!

Brown: Do you think that if Dominic had been playing in center if the throw would have been to home, instead of to you at short?

Pesky: In the first place, Culberson was in right-center, Dom used to play Walker in left-center. There is about a 30-40 foot difference. I think Slaughter might have tried to go third base, but I don’t think he would have tried to score. Slaughter himself said that.

The last games of the ’49 season against the Yankees … still a bit tough I imagine. That final game of the season has so much to it …; the early 4-0 lead …; Joe Page not being especially sharp at first but then getting sorted out from the 5th on, just so much in that game...


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

Don't forget to register and log in on The Biz of Baseball site to get updates via your in-box, and see information only logged in members can see.

Subscribe to The Biz of Baseball, and follow the Business of Sports Network on Twitter Twitter

Add to GoogleAdd to My Yahoo!

Subscribe in   Bloglines


 
 
Banner

Poll

Should MLB Force Jeffery Loria to Sell the Marlins?