Episode 1493: “I’ll Tell You Who Wrote It” Second Captains Book Club – Joe Brolly on “Joe DiMaggio – The Hero’s Life”
In his playing days Joe DiMaggio was a dream of a baseball player – a man who played with style, grace and power. By the time the end of his career came, he had become a symbol, the living embodiment of American optimism, modesty and civility.
Richard Ben Kramer’s 2001 biography of DiMaggio revealed a far more complex man than the legend permitted – a miserly, mob-committed crank, whose appetites for women and money seemed to know no bounds… and that book is the subject of Episode 3 of the “I’ll Tell You Who Wrote It” Second Captains Book Club.
Our guest reviewer today is none other than Joe Brolly, and we talk to him about American hypocrisy, the corrupting nature of fame, mafia crematoriums, and having a pint outside Mulligans on All-Ireland final day.
You don’t have to have read this magnificent book to enjoy this chat with one of this country’s most interesting sports-people (but you should really read this book).
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