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White Sox Mon Jun 18 2012
Marilyn Monroe "practicing batting" with Joe Dobson (standing) and Gus Zernial (catching).
Monroe's connection to baseball is well known -- she was married to hall of famer Joe DiMaggio for less than a year in 1954. What's somewhat less known is that a photo spread shot at White Sox training camp in Pasadena, CA in March of 1951 is how she caught Joltin' Joe's eye. The photos show Monroe with Gus Zernial, Joe Dobson and Hank Majeski in a couple different poses -- including the one above in which pitcher Dobson stands behind Monroe as she pretends to bat, with Zernial playing catcher. The photos stuck with DiMaggio, who waited until after he retired to contact the press agent who organized the shoot, David March, to arrange a date. The rest, as they say, is history.
Marilyn Monroe posing with (l-r) Joe Dobson, Hank Majeski and Guz Zernial
at White Sox spring training camp.
Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dobson walking through White Sox spring training camp.
Hank Majeski and Marilyn Monroe walking through White Sox spring training camp.
Marilyn Monroe holding baseball bats.