10:36 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 02/16/2012 08:00AM
Originally posted 05/11/1999 12:00AM
Joe DiMaggio went home Monday after 99 days in the hospital, completing a stunning comeback from lung cancer surgery and pneumonia. The Clipper's fans are hoping he'll be able to return to Yankee Stadium in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day, April 9. The 84-year-old Yankee great spent his entire hospital stay in the intensive care unit. Each time doctors said he probably wouldn't survive, DiMaggio proved them wrong. "Mr. DiMaggio wishes to express his thanks to the doctors, ICU nurses and staff at Memorial Regional Hospital, for helping him recover from infectious pneumonia, as well as to the 250 million people out there who are praying for him," his lawyer, Morris Engelberg, said in a statement.
Originally posted 04/13/1999 12:00AM
American hero Joe DiMaggio, baseball's legendary "Yankee Clipper," died shortly after midnight today at his home in Harbour Island FL after a six-month battle with lung cancer. DiMaggio, who in 13 seasons led the New York Yankees to 10 American League pennants and nine World Series, was 84. His body will be flown to San Francisco, his childhood hometown, for burial.
Originally posted 01/22/1999 12:00AM
Joe DiMaggio Jr., 57, the troubled son of the baseball Hall of Famer and a pallbearer at his father's funeral in March, died at a hospital in Antioch, Calif., apparently of natural causes, relatives and hospital officials said Saturday. DiMaggio was the only child of Joe DiMaggio and Dorothy Arnold, an actress whom DiMaggio Sr. Smarried in 1939 and divorced five years later. (The elder DiMaggio did not have any children with his second wife, Marilyn Monroe.) Joe Jr., who struggled with substance abuse and homelessness during the last two decades, was estranged from his father and saw him infrequently in recent years. He was divorced and had two adopted daughters who were doted upon by their grandfather.
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