Saturday, October 9, 2010

What are the qualities of DiMaggio that the old man eulogizes? (PU: 2004)

Although DiMaggio never appears in the novel, he plays a significant role nonetheless. Santiago worships him as a model of strength and commitment, and his thoughts turn toward DiMaggio whenever he needs to reassure himself of his own strength. Despite a painful bone spur that might have crippled another player, DiMaggio went on to secure a triumphant career. He was a centre fielder for the New York Yankees from 1936 to 1951, and is often considered the best all-around player ever at that position.

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