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Instead of following his father onto his fishing boat, Joe Di Maggio followed his older brother Vince onto San Francisco’s sandlot baseball fields, where he quickly distinguished himself as something of a playground legend.
In 1930, at the age of 16, Di Maggio dropped out of Galileo High School to dedicate his life to baseball.
By spring of 1945, she was quickly becoming known as a “photographers dream” and had appeared on 33 covers of national magazines.
On July 23, 1946 she signed a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox Studios. Johnny Hyde, of the William Morris Agency, became her mentor and lover in 1949.
In July, Joe took her home to San Francisco to meet his family.
Di Maggio didn’t make an appearance and the divorce was granted. Even after her marriage with playwright Arthur Miller ended, Joe was her rock.
Joe Di Maggio married Dorothy Arnold in 1939, and they had a son, John III, before divorcing after five years of marriage.
Then, in 1952, the year after he retired from baseball, Di Maggio met the actress Marilyn Monroe and fell madly in love with her, beginning one of the most high-profile romances in American history.
Although Johnny was crazy about her, she never wanted to marry him.
The same year, Marilyn agreed to pose nude for a calendar.
He wasn’t good looking: his face was all sharp angles, with teeth not only bucked but haphazardly arranged, and eyes too close together. But red flags were raised by her concerned friends.