Mr. Yankee Will Get Together With Barrow
By HARRY GRAYSON
NEW YORK, Aug 9.A sports writer writes that Joseph Paul Di Maggio
will demand $80,000 for the privilege of wrecking the Clevelands and the
American League in 1942. Though 80 grand would be a fairly inexpensive
job of wrecking, Joseph Di Maggio never made such a statement. Its
origin no doubt could be traced to a bloke who knows the guy whose brother- Outfielder
Di Maggio is in no sense a pop-off, least of all about his salary.
Two years ago the Yankees Big Boy held out until the season was well
under way. The record- A lot of people were on relief. They asked why Slugger Di Maggio
was entitled to so much for taking exercise in the afternoon.
Outfielder Di Maggio is in no sense a pop-off, least of all about his salary.
Two years ago the Yankees Big Boy held out until the season was well under way.
A lot of people were on relief. They asked why Slugger Di Maggio was entitled to so much for taking exercise in the afternoon.
When I asked him about this, Di Maggio said: Sure, Im a
young fellow, and Ed Barrow tells me to take my time
Regardless of what Di Maggio is getting, his pay check falls far below the amount his perfect playing merits. He held out again last spring.
While fortunate to wind up with the New Yorks who can afford to pay him the amount to which he is entitled, Di Maggio was unfortunate in crashing the Yankees a comparatively short time after the Great George Herman Ruth.
Babe Ruth ask for and got a record $80,000 for long-
Fans get stirred up when another fellow, even though he easily might
be a better all-
In a sense, Di Maggios case proves there is a penalty for having too much natural ability being too good in the beginning.
But Di Maggio will not hold out again. When it comes time to talk contract, hell sit down with President Barrow and theyll get together in a jiffy.
Di Maggio is now a New York institution, and he has decided to
Di Maggio is vastly bigger than Di Maggio, the ball player.
Hes the Yankees.
And a little thing like money will never separate Joe Di Maggio and the New York American League Baseball Club.
The San Francisco News
The Di Maggio song was also recorded by Teddy Powell and his Orchestra in 1941 as a Soundie, filmed for use in rear-projection juke boxes that were installed in bars, nightclubs, and other entertainment spots, by the Mills Novelty Company of Chicago. Soundies were popular between 1941 and the demise of the company in 1947. The Teddy Powell Soundie featured the songs co-author Alan Courtney, and singers Peggy Mann and Tommy Taylor. Teddy Powell, incidentally, was a native of Oakland.
Harry Grayson, the NEA sportswriter, was also author of They Played the Game, the Story of Baseball Greats, published in New York, A. S. Barnes and Company .
Photograph courtesy of The Baseball Gallery.