Bill Swank (l.) and
Alan Lubke (r.), holding the book "Joe DiMaggio, The Hero's Life"
by Richard Ben Cramer.
following is my note to Bill Swank regarding our contributions to the
book "Joe DiMaggio, The Hero's Life" , particulary my meeting
and bantering with the author, Richard Ben Cramer during his visit to
San Francisco. I attended his book signing at Stacey's on Market Street
on Halloween, October 31st, 2000. - -
You asked if I got to meet Richard Ben Cramer at the book signing.
I went to the 12:30 p.m. book signing at Stacey's on Market Street
in the Financial District. I got there while RBC was reading after which
he opened up for questions. After several people told Joe Dimaggio stories
and asked questions, I raised my hand.
I waited till last in the signing line and told him who I was, gave
him my card, said I was one of his contributors and that the shirt I
was wearing -- the size 2X authentic No. 10, San Francisco Seals baseball
shirt -- was a gift from you. Immediately recognizing me now for my
contributions to his work, he vocally heaped praise on me to the bookstore
staff and his two publicity escorts, telling them how when he was in
a pinch, I got him background info from San Francisco newspaper files
and sent them to him by enclosures to e-mail followed up by express
mail. Then turning to me, he said emotionally and in an elevated tone,
regarding you, Bill Swank, how awful it was that in referencing your
book, "Echoes from Lane Field", he had got the name wrong
as in "Memories from Lane Field" and that it was the first
thing to be changed in any revision!
RCB then signed the following in my book: "For Alan. You are an ace--and I always said that, even before you showed up in that handsome Seals shirt. Thank you. Richard B. Cramer, 10/31/00.
P.S. It was Halloween and I was one of many on the streets of San Francisco that day in costume if you will, so I blended right in. Not that I don't wear that wonderful shirt often and everywhere because it is the nicest, most thoughtful gift a pal could give a pal.
URL explained: Bill Swank and Alan Lubke are now immortalized as contributors to a book which has been placed Number 31 in "The Top 100 Sports Books of All Time".
NUMBER 31: "Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life" By Richard Ben Cramer (2000) "Cramer takes DiMaggio from his boyhood in San Francisco to the hospital room in Florida where, as he lies dying, a trusted adviser slips the 1936 World Series ring from his finger. Brilliant, stylish and a riveting study in the degrading effects of adulation."
Here, from page 523 to the top of page 524 of Richard Ben Cramer's book is that immortal immortalization:
"On the subject of the Seals and the PCL, I thank Steve Barath, Joe Buzas, Art Dikas, Tony Gomez, Eddie Joost, Bill Lillard, Larry "Lefty" Powell, Bill Raimondi, Gussie Suhr. Also, I am indebted to the historians Richard Beverage, Dick Dobbins, Alan Lubke; to Richard Leutzinger and his book, "Lefty O'Doul; "The Legend That Baseball Nearly Forgot"; to Bill Swank and his book, "Memories of Lane Field". I also found valuable information in "Runs, Hits and an Era" by Paul J. Zingg and Mark Madeiros."
NOTE: Bill Swank's book "Echoes from Lane Field"
is misnamed. When I met with Richard Ben Cramer on October 31, 2000
in San Francisco, he told me, emotionally and in an elevated tone,
regarding recognition of Bill's research and contributions, how awful
it was that he had got the name of his book wrong and that it was
the first thing to be changed in any revision of "Joe DiMaggio:
The Hero's Life".
Media are encouraged to use this message and the photograph of Bill
Swank and myself in baseball uniforms and found on my web site at
this, the page you are on: http://www.ojlubke.com/pixseries/pixalanlubke/joedimaggioalanbillswank.html.
Joe, resting at Colma. "Joseph Paul Dimaggio" "Grace, Dignity and Elegance Personified"