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NO. 5 IS NO. 1
Joe DiMaggio arrived at Miller Hug-gins Field in St. Petersburg last week and quickly wiggled into a Yankee uniform with his famous No. 5 on the back. As a special, unpaid spring training coach for two weeks, Joe hoped to get some publicity for the company that now employs him (the V. H. Monette food distributing company). For their part, the Yankees realized that DiMaggio would bring a few more people to their Stengelless workouts.
DiMaggio patiently answered questions of newsmen and television men, posed for hundreds of pictures before sitting down in the dugout. After a bit a television man sidled up to DiMaggio, and the Clipper actually seemed glad to see him. "Look," said Joe, "do me a favor, will you? Walk back to the clubhouse with me so it looks like we have business. I don't want to have to sign a lot of autographs and things."
The two rose and started along the wire fence to the clubhouse, and people began pressing close to the fence, begging for autographs. DiMaggio stopped, looked at the crowd briefly, then walked over to the railing. As he began signing everything that was given to him, more people gathered. "Joe," an old man said, "remember Washington when you hit three home runs? They said you were washed up."
"Yeah," said Joe, "that stopped 'em."
"I saw you hit one off Feller," another said.
"Didn't hit many," answered Joe.
A Negro boy handed Joe three baseballs. "Where'd you get all these?" he asked. "Foul balls," the boy said. "What do you do with them?" DiMaggio asked. "He'll sell them," said a man nearby. "You just doubled the price!" The crowd laughed, and so did DiMaggio. He looked up and saw that although he had been there 10 minutes, the crowd had not lessened. No. 5 hesitated a moment, then went on signing. The television man shrugged and left, but Joe did not notice. He was back in baseball again.
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