Vince DiMaggio playing lunch-hour softball

Poking around at some Library of Congress photos, I encountered the photograph below.  In it, we see Vince DiMaggio sliding into home as George Stovall signals “safe.”  The picture was taken in February 1943, during the off-season when DiMaggio had worked in the California Shipbuilding Corporation shipyards since the previous fall.  George Stovall was a former Cleveland Indians manager and had been working in the shipyards as a checker for over a year at the time of this photo.  I’m curious as to where the rest of the playing field is, in relation to the action in this picture — it’s difficult to discern.  Nevertheless, I do enjoy what this photo represents: a culture in which a love for baseball runs so deep that these men take advantage of every moment they can to indulge in a quick pick-up game.

Vince DiMaggio

Library of Congress

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2 Comments on “Vince DiMaggio playing lunch-hour softball”

  1. wkkortas says:

    Vince later cold-cocked Stovall after Georgie cracked “Joe woulda scored standing up.”


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