Holway: Joe DiMaggio’s mysterious plunge

From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game on April 17, 2018:

John Holway is one of my oldest friends in baseball, and not only because he is 88. He wrote the first book in English on Japanese baseball, Japan Is Big League in Thrills, in 1954. His Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues (1975), an oral history, remains a monument in the field. He has also researched intently and written frequently about Ted Williams, whom he saw strike two home runs in the 1946 All-Star Game. He and I collaborated on a book, The Pitcher, in 1987, which seems like only yesterday. Oh, I could go on … but it appears I have, here.

John emailed me the other day to tell me a story I knew nothing about, even though it involved the great Joe DiMaggio. “I tripped onto the DiMaggio story,” John wrote, “doing my old Last .400 Hitter, which i’m now updating into a trilogy. Volume I, through 1941, will be out hopefully by his centenary in August. Here is my draft of the 1939 DiMaggio collapse. I’m still trying to figure out what went wrong.”

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Originally published: April 17, 2018. Last Updated: April 17, 2018.