1936 Original Joe DiMaggio Cartoon Art by Gus Uhlman 
Lot Number 908
 
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During Yankee spring training in 1936, Joe DiMaggio injured his foot and was treated by the eccentric "Doc" Painter with a new heat therapy technology. Instead of curing the ailment, it burned DiMaggio’s foot and left the “Yankee Clipper” out of the lineup for a month. The debacle generated tremendous media attention for the ladies man and rookie player. Presented is an original 11x16 cartoon by Gus Uhlman that pokes fun of the controversy and was gifted to DiMaggio around the time of the incident. It depicts a uniformed DiMaggio leaving to play while a young woman attempts to coax him to stay behind. The light-hearted captions make direct reference to the foot injury and Painter’s use of the Diathermy machine. The inscription on the top right corner reads, “To Joe DiMaggio – keep hitting from NY Post Sports Staff, Hugh Bradley and Gus Uhlman.” This one-of-a-kind item is in solid condition and reveals some white touch-up spots that were part of the original edits done to the piece. The original artwork comes with a letter of provenance from the DiMaggio grandchildren verifying that the item is from their grandfather’s personal collection. 
 
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