Posts Tagged ‘Joe DiMaggio’

Hitting Streak: Uggla Feeling Pressure; Breaks Off into Chunks

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Things Could Get Uggla. And apparently they are.

ATLANTA (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) Achieving the unattainable. Over the years, baseball players have tried to break Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. Pete Rose came the closest in 1978 when he tied Wee Willie Keeler with a 44 game streak. Now Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla finds himself sitting on 31 straight games, a mere 26 games from breaking Joltin’ Joe’s mark.

Uggla, a likable sort, is truly feeling the pressure.

“It’s getting to him,” said teammate Chipper Jones. “He was in the locker room on Wednesday and two of his fingers fell off. Talk about psychosomatic.”

This isn’t the first time pressure has gotten to a player chasing the record books. In 1961, Roger Maris, in his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s single season home run mark, lost a lot of his hair. (more…)


Joe DiMaggio’s European Diary Found; Sports Icon a Skinflint in (At Least) Five Currencies

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Remembrance of Expenses Past: Joe DiMaggio in Berlin with Henry Kissinger look-alike Ernst Bonnhoffer. “For a baseball player, Herr DiMaggio had surprisingly short arms. Or very deep pockets.”

Remembrance of Expenses Past: Joe DiMaggio in Berlin with Henry Kissinger look-alike Ernst Bonnhoffer. “For a baseball player, Herr DiMaggio had surprisingly short arms. Or very deep pockets.”

NEW YORK (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) – Several years ago, Steiner Sports, a company that trades in sports memorabilia,  sold 29 binders containing some 2,400 mind-numbing diary pages penned by one of our most storied sports legends, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio. The pages recount his daily activities from 1982 to 1993. (more…)