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The Greatness of Joe DiMaggio

Published by on May 24, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Joe DiMaggio played his last game on Oct. 10, 1951.

William Earl "Bill" Essick, the Yankees' West Coast scout who signed Joe DiMaggio, died in his sleep two days later at the age of 69 as a result of a heart ailment. One can romanticize the events, but they were merely coincidental.

 

Bill Essick Hated to Lose

Essick was known as "Vinegar Bill" because he hated to lose so much. It was not unusual for him not to say anything for hours after a loss.

Vinegar Bill had not been a very good player, but he was an excellent judge of baseball talent.

 

Essick Convinced the Yankees to Obtain an Injured Joe DiMaggio

Almost every team was after Joe D...

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