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March 2014

Joe DiMaggio’s Glove

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  • 1Private practice
  • 2retired
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(3):322. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.7039

Readers may ask: “What does the title ‘Joe DiMaggio’s Glove’ have to do with dermatology?” The answer is found in the wonderful 1949 Rogers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific.” One of the show’s most endearing characters is Bloody Mary, a Pacific Islander, about whom US Naval sailors sing: “Bloody Mary is the girl I love…Her skin is tender as DiMaggio’s glove.”

These lyrics not only remind us of the legendary New York Yankees center fielder, Joe DiMaggio, they also serve, through their skin and glove simile, as the introduction to a fascinating topic: the connection between dermatology and our national pastime: baseball.

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