His playing days long ended, the man Ernest Hemingway once referred to as "The Great DiMaggio" was a retired businessman when he penned over 2,000 pages detailing his daily activities. The hand-written accounts are now for sale.
He didn’t like having his picture taken at card shows.
"We’re not making history," Joe DiMaggio often scolded those who snapped a photo of him signing an autograph.
Wary of strangers and a shrewed, often petty businessman who knew the value of his name and capitalized on it, DiMaggio kept records of his daily life on pieces of paper he turned over to his former attorney, Morris Engelberg.
Engelberg has sold those papers to Steiner Sports, which announced Monday it was accepting bids on the 29 binders containing 2400 hand-written pages. The starting bid is $1.5 million.
If the pages aren’t sold as a group, it’s possible Steiner will sell them individually.