DINNER WITH DIMAGGIO: MEMORIES OF AN AMERICAN HERO is an intimate, personal, up-close look at one of the most private American superstars.These are never-before-revealed stories that Rock Positano is now sharing. He became Joltin' Joe's closest friend and protector in the last decade of his life. Dimaggio hit and learning the rules of the game at his grandfather’s knee. He learns how to run fast and how to make life’s difficult plays. He also learns how to dream: maybe someday he’ll grow up to be a hero like “Joltin’ Joe” Dimaggio. Maybe someday he’ll even make his grandfather’s “broken heart soar.”. Dinner with DiMaggio. The real Joe DiMaggio, remembered by the man who knew him best in the last decade of his life—candid and little-known stories about icons from Ted Williams.
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In 1990, Dr. Rock Positano, a thirty-two-year-old foot and ankle specialist, met Joe DiMaggio. Despite the forty years between them, an unlikely friendship developed after the doctor successfully treated the baseball champ’s heel spur injury. Joe mentored Rock but came to rely on his young friend to show him a good time in New York, the town that made him a legend. In time, the famously reserved DiMaggio opened up to Dr. Positano and talked about his joys, his disappointments, and his sorrows as he reflected on his extraordinary life. The stories and experiences he shared with Dr. Positano comprise an intimate portrait of one of the great stars of baseball and icon of the twentieth century.
“Readers do not have to be baseball fans to be captivated by this memoir, which explores such universal themes as friendship, celebrity, aging, and mortality” (Library Journal, starred review). DiMaggio was a complicated figure—sometimes demanding, sometimes big-hearted, always impeccable, loyal, and a true stand-up guy. This memoir of a decade-long friendship reveals the very private DiMaggio as “a wholly human portrait of an American icon navigating his way through an adoring yet relentlessly demanding public” (Booklist, starred review), while serving up illuminating stories and rare insights about the people in his life, including his teammates, Muhammad Ali, Sandy Koufax, Woody Allen, and many more.