Although DiMaggio never appears in the novel, he plays a significant role nonetheless.
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. Santiago