08 May 2009

Where Have You Gone, Dom DiMaggio? (We're looking for your brother.)

Former baseball great Dom DiMaggio passed away this morning. If the Times' headline isn't ironic, I don't know what is:

I guess he died in his (already dead) brother's shadow, too. 

In fairness, the opening sentence of the obituary refers to him as "one of the finest center fielders of his era though he played in the shadow of his brother Joe, the Yankee icon." But the editors could have chosen "One of Era's Finest Center Fielders" for the headline. As it stands, it feels a little bit like, "Dom DiMaggio Dies; Mother Always Preferred Joe".

Or this: "Dom DiMaggio Dies; Life Goal Was to Outlive Dom DeLuise"

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