Today in Baseball – May 3, 1936
Joe DiMaggio made his major league debut for the New York Yankees and had three hits in a 14-5 victory over the St. Louis Browns.
He felt very tired now and he knew the night would come soon and he tried to think of other things. He thought pf the Big Leagues, to him they were Gran Ligas, and he knew that the Yankees of New York were playing the Tigres of Detroit.
This is the second day now that I do not know the results of the juegos, he thought. But I must have confidence and I must be worthy of the great Joe DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of the bone spur in his heel. What is a bone spur? he asked himself. Un espuela de hueso. We do not have them. Can it be as painful as the spur of a fighting cock in one’s heel? I do not think I could endure that or the lose of the eye and of both eyes and continue to fight as the fighting cocks do. Man is not much beside the great birds and beasts…
Do you believe the great DiMaggio would stay with the fish as long as I will stay with this one? he thought. I am sure he would and more since he is young and strong. Also his father was a fisherman… (67-68)
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and The Sea