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Bargnani
12-31-2008, 11:45 AM
For some years on a number of boards Joe's season of 1942 has been a topic of discussion.
1939---.389
1940---.352
1941---.357
1942---.305
That is some drop off especially for a young ballplayer. Seemingly no explanation anyone could come up with, no major injuries in that season.

Well, I thought I might look beyond the playing field, other factors that may have contributed to that drastic drop off in 1942 for Joe.

This could certainly be a part, a hugh part in Joe's performance in 1942.
Joe's dad came to the USA from Italy. When Italy and the USA found themselves on opposite sides in the war, the USA panicked. Most know what they did to some Japanese living in the USA, they were sent to live in camps in the USA.
Not as well known, how some Italian Americans were treated.

Joe's dad made his living in Frisco as a fisherman.
The US government went into his dad's home, looking for radios, tramsmitters and receivers and flashlights......yes even flashlights. They thought he might be receiving and sending messages when out to sea on his boat, to enemy nations.

One of his fishing vessels was seized.
He was banned from docking his boats in some docks.
He was limited in the distance from docks when fishing.
He was not allowed to have any flashlights on board, fear he may use them to send messages to any enemy nations out at sea.
He was ordered to report to the local post office, photographed, finger printed and issued an Enemy Registration Card and have it with him at all times.

If that wasn't enough, Joe's wife threatened him with divorce in 1942.
In that season Joe was diagnosed and found to have some ulcers.
Between what was taking place with his dad, the divorce mess, it's certainly a very good possibility that events off the field effected Joe's performance on the field.

Credit to ShoelessJoe

Old Sweater
12-31-2008, 01:36 PM
My gosh! You just butchered the name of a HOF'er.

Bargnani
12-31-2008, 01:59 PM
Can someone fix the title for me, I was in a rush when I wrote this so I didn't have time to review it, I know how to spell Joe Dimaggio, so if you have something to say about this topic then by all means please reply, if not then please dont.

Sorry that I did a typo, it happens all the time with everyone at these forums, if you have nothing else to do, then maybe you can go correct everyone else typos on the forums.

Now can we actually get back to the topic please, I don't want it to be ruined by the reply of Old Sweater

Old Sweater
12-31-2008, 02:03 PM
Hey now, I can't spell worth a crap and use spell checking all the time but I know when a word looks funny. Especially when it is a HOF'ers.


You did make some valid points about the drop off in 1942 but about every great player has some valley years with baseball being baseball. That is what is great about the game.

SHOELESSJOE3
01-05-2009, 11:47 PM
Hey now, I can't spell worth a crap and use spell checking all the time but I know when a word looks funny. Especially when it is a HOF'ers.


You did make some valid points about the drop off in 1942 but about every great player has some valley years with baseball being baseball. That is what is great about the game.

If you look at the bottom, it's one of my posts.
Yes what you say about players is true, Joe is not alone.
But my reason for giving that info on another board has a reason.
It was asked, what happened to the young Joe in 1942, not major injuries, whats the explanation. After some foolish entries, one of them saying Joe was in fear of being drafted and it effected his play, utter nonsense, I felt the need to reply.

I think my explanation makes more sense.

redwhitenblue
01-08-2009, 03:12 AM
Did you just make a whole thread on the batting average of a great player?

Seriously?

SHOELESSJOE3
01-08-2009, 02:46 PM
Did you just make a whole thread on the batting average of a great player?

Seriously?

Did you read the whole post, why Joe's low batting average in a prime year was a topic of discussion. Not only a whole thread here but on some other boards and not started by me, saw it in threads at, Baseball Forum, AOL Sports Baseball, ESPN Baseball and Baseball Fever, so there was much interest oth there.
And the reason was, it was a mystery to some history buffs. No injuries, what could have happened, the young Joe with such a dramatic drop in that season
After lots of searching I think the info I came up with, the treatment of his father by the government, threat of divorce, events off the field effectd his play on the field.
Nothing unusual about a thread, here or on a number of other boards.

JAYZFAN9
01-08-2009, 05:22 PM
ok?