Joe DiMaggio was one of my heroes:
Here is my story that aired last night on KABC 790 as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
Red Patterson, who was the Publicity Director for the Dodgers, asked me to do him a favor and drive Joe DiMaggio to West Palm Beach.
“Oh my gosh! Joe DiMaggio, and I’m going to drive him? I idolized this man!”
So we get in the car and we are diving and driving, and I’m not saying a word.
“What’s he matter dag (short for dago)?” he said. “Don’t you talk?”
“I’m just so thankful to be sitting here with you I didn’t think I could say anything,” I answered.
“We dago’s need to stick together,” he said, which I thought was great.
“You know something, you may not believe this,” I told him. “But when I was a kid I made up a song about you.”
It went something like this:
Joe, Joe DiMaggio, we want you on our side
Joe DiMaggio, he hits it so far it goes over the wall
I’m telling you now, if you want to know
It’s Joe, Joe, DiMaggio
And then it was something about eating pasta fagioli!