A Quick Hank Workman-Joe DiMaggio Story

When former USC All-American Hank Workman was called up to the New York Yankees in 1950, he joked his main contribution “was holding Joe DiMaggio’s cigarette between innings.”

There are now only two surviving players from USC’s 1948 national championship team: outfielders Gail Henley and Charlie Pryor.

Hank Workman (left), Joe DiMaggio and USC outfielder Tommy Riach at 1951 exhibition game at Bovard Field. Mickley Mantle hit his legendary 650-foot homer over Riach in center field.
This 1948 USC baseball team picture famously features batboy George “Sparky” Anderson (center), who later became the manager of the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers.

4 thoughts on “A Quick Hank Workman-Joe DiMaggio Story

  1. Scooter,

    I thought you were incorrect about Mantle and the year he did that. I stand corrected. i looked it up and it was March 26, 1951. Almost to the day. congrats Scooter


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