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Posted: 21 December 2005 at 11:12am | IP Logged Quote Peter Krynicki

I thought this was interesting...

 

"The actual events of the old man being pulled out to sea by a big fish occurred in 1935. Hemingway placed that event against the backdrop of games being played in the major leagues in 1950 from September 12 to September 16. The Tigers really were playing the Yankees from 14-16 of September, and they were locked in a battle for first place. The Yankees played the Indians in the prior series of games: hence Manolin’s fear of both the Indians and the Tigers.

On the first day of the novel which is September 12, the old man reads yesterday’s paper (September 11) which recounts the games of September 10. On that day, Santiago’s favorite player Joe DiMaggio became the first player to hit three homeruns out of Griffith Stadium in Washington, silencing the critics who had been calling for his retirement. That win was the Yankees 84th win.

Santiago, aware of the correspondence of that win with his own 84 days without catching a fish, asks Manolin to get him a lottery number 85. Santiago knows that the Yankees next win --85—can pull them into first place, just as he can break his own string of fishless days at 85. Note how he says he will not even sleep as he fishes that day because he wants Joe DiMaggio to be proud of him.

After three grueling days at sea, the only request the aging fisherman has of the boy is for the papers of the days he was gone. Santiago obviously wants to see how his Yankees and Joe DiMaggio fared. Needless to say the Yankees were in first place, and Joe DiMaggio had one of the finest weeks imaginable for an aging ballplayer.

All of this is below the waterline of course but placed there intentionally by Hemingway (an avid and knowledgeable baseball fan.)"

 

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Posted: 21 December 2005 at 3:02pm | IP Logged Quote Paul Hammersten

Thanks Peter...excellent.

There is quite alot  about Notre Dame football game in in THE GAMBLER, THE NUN, AND THE RADIO.

I have a study on this someone sent me some time ago.

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Posted: 22 December 2005 at 10:43pm | IP Logged Quote tobycole

Peter that was interesting. Thank you.



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