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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - March 27, 1968, Darmstadt, HesseStripes " wimp i him by a my Back in the lineup jolting Joe Dimaggio goes to Bat As veep by Jack hand a staff writer old no. 5 is Back in uniform Joe Dimaggio no longer wears the familiar Yankee pin strips. Now it s the Nii Sty Green and wedding sown Whit of the transplanted Oakland a s. The once Jet Black hair is liberally sprinkled with Gray but the Yankee Clipper still looks like the Man who hit safely in 56 straight games in 1941, a record that May live forever. More important he still retains the quiet dig nity and class of a born eyebrows were lifted when Joe d. Signed on with Charley Finley theman who once hired a Shepherd to guard his sheep in the Kansas City Ball Parkland toured the league with a perform ing Dimaggio to become just an other publicity exhibit perish the thought. Dim Adge never would stand still for visitor to the a s Camp will find old no. 5 very much on the Job. No Many executive vice presidents suit up and mingle with the athletes on the practice Field. Dimaggio is the exception to the Rule Lile is a working veep. Lie plans to stay with the. Club in training Campana will make several trips during the regular in t so different he said with a wry Grin fingering the Green sleeves of his uniform. Just a different Dimaggio is ready and willing to try to help the Young players on the a s roster. All they have to do is ask. Whenever was the Pushy Type to thrust himself on people who were not anxious to have him. There is no set Way of hitting he said. One fellow bats one Way an other has a different style. Honus wag Ner babe Ruth Tycobb Rogers horns by All had different styles. But they Fol Lowed the same fundamentals. The main thing is being the head rigid taking a Short stride having the Bat ready to can t Tell anybody How to hit. Of Thody Ever tried to teach me. If 1tried to Bat like Stan musing All curled up i that Crouch i d be wound up in a knot. It s the same Way with my wide stance. A lot of follows could t do it by Way. I did t Start out that Way either. Early in my career i decided i drive up a Little Power to get a longer took at the Ball. I still know i could it the Ball out of any Park in the major Agues. What difference did it make whether it Well into tin 15th Row or the10th Row Hank Greenberg once said some thing i be always remembered no mat ice How far you hit it a Home run is a four bases a i see a fellow who has a de Suva a if is cited weakness i la talk to him. I would t try to change a player unless he has been around a while and Hadnot shown any improvement. Maybe a fellow is taking his Eye off the Ball trying to hit it too far or bailing out too Quick. If they take a Cue and listen think 1 can help some of Dimaggio told How lefty o Doul had taught him to pull the bail in 1935 after the new York Yankees had bought him from san used to hit to All Fields he said. But lefty told me to Start pulling More. For a right handed Batter to hit Home runs at Yankee stadium he Hasto pull the Ball Down that left Field line. Otherwise it s a Long never came close to hitting one out of the stadium. That s a Millionth one shot for a right hander. But i did hit two or three upstairs in managers like to have their out fielders catch Fly balls standing never would have made it that always tried to catch the Ball so that i would be in position to get rid of it. I Don t believe in letting a runner take an extra base. The idea is to get rid of it right away. A Little extra Effort in Spring train ing can make the difference. I was a Loper. Tommy Henrich decided he would try it too. The first time he tried it the Ball fell 20 feet in front of him. But Tommy who was a self made outfielder kept at it and Learned the has Bokn 17 years since 1951 when Dimaggio decided he had enough after a .263 season. He has no regrets. I almost quit the year before he recalled. But i Felt i had one More year. It was a mistake. I went one year too anybody thinks Dimaggio s return to baseball is the first step toward a managerial career forget never have Given a thought to managing he said. I always have been very Adamant about says his two year Deal with the a s Calls for a Little bit of every he will be an adviser in player personnel matters and trades and might put on a uniform to work with some of tin players on Road is he coming Back to baseball after 17 years away from the game not counting Spring training with the yanks in recent years somebody asked me if i might be interested ail 1 said 1 might. The word got Back to Finley and to arranged a meeting with me in new York. Probably the biggest thing was the shift of the club to Oakland. After All if Only 25 minutes from jolting Joe will be a working veep not just publicity Maich 27, 1968 the stars and stripes

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