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When Joe DiMaggio died in 1999, one perceptive scribe wrote, "DiMaggio is the rare US sports fig-ure who seamlessly crosses into popular culture". This is why "the great DiMaggio" matters. "In addition to winning three MVP Awards and appearing in ten World Series, Joe D contributed to an Academy Award/Grammy ("The Graduate") and a Nobel Prize ("The Old Man and the Sea"). His second wife was the first Playboy centerfold, and he may be the only athlete who could simultane-ously grace the covers of SI, Life, Look, Esquire, Rolling Stone and The New York Times Book Review." A true American icon. Willard Mullin, America's greatest sports artist, captures DiMaggio's power and grace in his own understated and elegant style. Found in the archives of The Sporting News, this unique die-cut image measures almost 2 feet high. Masterfully matted and framed, it illustrates why Joltin' Joe matters. He is, after all, the great DiMaggio. 17"x 29".
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