Soeur Sourire, Dom DiMaggio, Indomitable Spirit, and Ennui #socs

Didn’t say whether I should use “dom” at the beginning, end, or in the middle of the world, so time for me to wing it…

First, a hit song from 1963, by Jeanne Deckers, known at the the time as Soeur Sourire (Sister Sunshine) or The Singing Nun: “Dominique.” It honors St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican order of priests, nuns, and I think laypeople.

Dom Dimaggio (source: Baseball-Reference.com

Joe DiMaggio had a brother named Dom. Betcha didn’t know that. Joe, of course, was The Yankee Clipper, while Dom played for the Red Sox, the Yankees’ arch-rivals, a fact I never knew until ESPN told me. Dom was the baby of the family and nowhere near the player his brother Joe was, but he had a good career (1399 games, .298 average, 87 home runs, 618 runs batted in) and he was a fan favorite in Boston. I never realized that Joe and Dom had an older brother, Vince, who spent his career bouncing around the National League, with the Braves, Reds, Pirates, Phillies, and Giants. If he had played for the Dodgers, Cubs and Cardinals, he would have played for all the National League teams.

I’m typing this on a brand-new MacBook Air. It’ll take some time to get used to the keyboard. I’m accustomed to working with a Windows keyboard, and those have “delete” and “insert” keys for deleting the character to the right of the cursor or inserting a character after the cursor. The MacBook has neither; there is a “delete” key, which corresponds to the backspace key, so I need to remember that pressing it deletes the character to the left, not the right, of the cursor. It’s a nice little computer, all things considered, and I can tell I’ll really enjoy the experience. I have what you might call an indomitable nature, especially when it comes to figuring out computers. My next trick will be to upgrade it to MacOS Mojave, something I did to my desktop computer yesterday.

There are a lot of words that end in “dom,” including “freedom” and “boredom.” Boredom describes how I felt yesterday when I waited for my desktop to upgrade. Freedom, of course, is just another word for nothing left to lose, as Kris Kristofferson wrote and Janis Joplin sang…

There, I used “dom” at the beginning, middle and end of words.


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24 thoughts on “Soeur Sourire, Dom DiMaggio, Indomitable Spirit, and Ennui #socs

  1. B “What are you listening to?”
    Me “The Singing Nun”
    B “I thought so”

    Nice flash back for us both. Our own Singing Nun was the choir director Sister Teresa.

    It often seems talent runs in families. Who knew about the Di Maggio’s??! Interesting. I love learning something new.

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    1. I knew about Joe and Dom, but yesterday was the first time I heard of Vince.

      We had two musical nuns, Mother St. Cecilia and Mother Anna Marie. The latter grew up in the neighborhood and her father was the organist at church. My grandfather taught her math in college, and she was my math teacher in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. I actually contacted her about 20 years ago, and we wrote back and forth for a while.

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    1. Janis had a couple of signature songs, “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Mercedes Benz,” which I think was released posthumously.

      I didn’t realize there were three DiMaggios until I looked Dom up on Baseball-Reference. You don’t hear much about Vince: he wasn’t the hitter either of his brothers were and never played in the World Series.

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  2. I remember Dom Dimaggio very well. He was an excellent centerfielder and lived in his brother’s shadow his whole career. He also played next to a guy named Ted Williams for years. He was a hero to guys who wore glasses – like me! In those days it wasn’t “cool” to wear glasses. There were no contact lenses or attractive glasses; just those round things you see on Dom’s face. Nearsightedness was considered a serious impediment if you wanted to play sports unless you said “the hell with it” and wore glasses like Dom did.

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    1. The glasses earned him the nickname “The Professor.” Contact lenses made a huge difference for athletes, though there are a few guys that wore or still wear glasses on the field. I can see where it’d be tough in a contact sport. You played football, what did you do? Just curious.

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      1. I played without glasses. I was a halfback (running back these days) and it was routine to avoid throwing passes to nearsighted players, or to use them fielding punts or kick-offs.

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  3. Hi John – Dimaggio I’d heard of … but not his brothers. The song Dominique – certainly was an ‘earworm’ at times … while freedom and boredom – good words for the ‘dom’ theme … Me and Bobby McGee is also a lovely song – cheers Hilary

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    1. “Dominique” was one of those songs that got hard to listen to after the 100th time you heard it. The high-pitched nuns’ voices were a little hard to take back in grammar school, too, come to think of it…

      Janis Joplin was an excellent singer. I never got tired of her singing.

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    1. Joe had the benefit of playing in New York, which is why you always heard about him and never about his older or younger brothers. If you lived in Boston, though, you knew Dom DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky. Vince was the surprise to me; I had never heard of him.

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  4. My mom was really into the singing nun. I don’t know if it had to do with her growing up Catholic or what. She took us all to see the movie with Debbie Reynolds and we had the album, so I learned some of the French before I took it in high school. You got me curious about Jeanne Deckers so I read what Wikipedia has to say. She was rebellious in ways I can admire and faced significant challenges with the church but never gave up her faith.

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  5. Wow, learn something new every day, John! I didn’t know Joe DiMaggio had brothers. Love the song selection and interesting to see The Singing Nun and Me and Bobby McGee in the same post. Love Janis!

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