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    DiMaggio’s Bat

    I started to tell you this story
    And I was rudely interrupted by somebody.
    Not Seaver though.
    I want to make that clear...
    When I went to get the newspaper
    This gentleman,
    His name is Phil,
    Same as mine,
    Brought in a bat.
    I thought he was going to give it to me.
    Joe DiMaggio’s bat.
    And it had “US ARMY” on it.
    DiMag was in the army.
    He got it in Hawaii.
    His brother,
    This Phil’s brother,
    Was stationed with DiMaggio.
    And DiMaggio gave him a bat.
    And you should see that thing.
    And he wanted to know if it was worth money.
    I said, “It’s worth a lot of money.
    And if we can get DiMaggio’s name on it,
    It’ll be worth ten times more.”
    The wood...
    I mean,
    You couldn’t chip that bat.
    That’s the way DiMaggio’s wood was on the bats.
    He would ask for that type of wood.
    Being an old fisherman
    He knew about the trees.

    — Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007)

    Detroit at NY
    Scott Sanderson pitching to Lou Whitaker
    4th inning, 2 outs, 2 base runners
    Tigers lead, 4-1
Source: O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto, ed. Tom Peyer and Hart Seely, Ecco Press 1993

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