Jerry Coleman, New York Yankee Second Baseman1948-1955, on attending events
Q: How would you get Joe to an event?
Many people paid him. I mean he was like the Windsor and his bride. They paid them to be at these parties and so forth. And there was probably a fee involved in many cases. But Joe -- I would give him credit in this sense -- never turned down a baseball opportunity from the standpoint of old timers games, wherever they were. Anything that promoted baseball. In fact, when I was working for the Van Heusen shirt company, he and Lefty O'Doul were living in San Francisco at the time and I called them and had a big promotion out at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. And there must have been several thousand people showed up out of nowhere, I don't know why. But, of course, here's Joe DiMaggio again. And we went through this sort of a question and answer about hitting and baseball and whatever. And the program lasted about maybe an hour or 45 minutes. But, at the end he said, "Hey, do you want to do this again?" But he enjoyed what he was doing because it was baseball. And I never heard him ever not being someplace that was important when baseball was involved. He promoted the game until the day he died.