Little red book

A blessed rage for order
The press has been making much of 29 binders and 2,400 pages of jottings found among the relics of baseball great Joe DiMaggio. According to Clyde Haberman in the New York Times (July 17), no one who reads those jottings will be “stumbling upon Proustian insights.” For one thing, DiMaggio was “notoriously—how to put it kindly?—frugal,” and recorded every taxi fare and tip.

DiMaggio’s teammate Whitey Ford stared at the pile of binders when he saw them. “I didn’t know this stuff existed. . . . He was a very, very private man. I don’t know if Joe would be too tickled about this.”

A typical day: “Monday, December 12, 1983. Up at 7 a.m. Had breakfast in coffee shop at 8 a.m.” He wrote these entries on hotel stationery, bread wrappers or whatever was at hand.

 

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