|In Memory of Joe DiMaggio, 1914-1999|
The smell of pine tar
And the feel of smooth ash
Imprinted into their genetic code.
Joltin’ Joe defined greatness,
A worthy successor to Ruth and Gehrig.
Fearless in the face of any competitor,
But with the dignity and silent strength
That epitomized men of his generation,
Numbers that would be the envy
Of any of the chemically enhanced
Pretenders on the diamond today.
Cancer, however, is a merciless opponent,
The one that finally struck
The great DiMaggio out for the last time.