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Joe D and the Summer of '49

In an excerpt from "Summer of '49," David Halberstam chronicles the impact of Joe DiMaggio. Book Club

Updated: June 14, 2007, 12:57 PM ET
By David Halberstam

Editor's Note: Excerpted with permission from "Summer of '49" by David Halberstam. Copyright © 1989 by David Halberstam. Reprinted by permission of ESPN Books.

Joe DiMaggio was the most famous athlete in America. In fact, he seemed to stand above all other celebrities. Soon after he retired as a player, he returned with a group of friends to the Stadium to watch a prize fight. He was with Edward Bennett Williams, the famed trial lawyer, Toots Shor, the saloon-keeper, Averell ...

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