Many Upset That Joe DiMaggio Statue Is Gone From Plaza In Little Italy; Sports Hall Of Fame Says It’s Theirs And Has Moved With Them

Jul 27, 2021 1289

BY: Jim Williams

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo, woo, woo. What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson? Joltin’ Joe has left and gone away. Hey, hey, hey.” Simon & Garfunkel sang those words more than half a century ago, and DiMaggio died in 1999. But the words have taken on a literal meaning again – as a statue of Joltin’ Joe in Chicago has indeed left and gone away, or rather been hauled away.

The statue of the Yankee Clipper vanished two years ago from Chicago’s Little Italy, and community members want to know where it went. As CBS 2’s Jim Williams reported Monday, people say taxpayers spent a lot of money building the plaza where the statue once stood. But the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame said it owns the statue of Joltin’ Joe, and they have the right to move it to a new home.

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