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August 19, 2011

Joe DiMaggio's Shotgun Up for Auction In October

By Phil Bourjaily

Fortunately for me I am not a baseball fan, or I would be digging deep in my pockets for Joe DiMaggio’s shotgun, which will be auctioned at James D. Julia’s in Maine this October. See, it’s a Winchester Model 21, which is the American double I yearn for – although I’m not sure why I want a 21 instead of a Fox or a Parker. I just do.

But there’s more: this isn’t just any Winchester Model 21 belonging to Joe DiMaggio. It’s a gun presented to him in recognition of his feat of hitting safely in 42 consecutive games during the 1941 season. Forty-two broke the old mark of 41, and of course, even I know that Joltin’ Joe went on to hit in a untouchable record 56 straight games. 

The floorplate reads: “To 'THE YANKEE CLIPPER' Joe DiMaggio From Capt. Jos. Cocozza Essex County Prosecutors Office Newark, NJ June 30, 1941." June 30, 1941 was the day after DiMaggio’s record setting base hit. The gun was made for duck hunting, with 30-inch barrels, and a tight (.029) choke in one barrel and a tighter (.032) choke in the other. It was used for duck hunting, too, and the stock was damaged when a blind caught fire. The old stock was replaced in 2007 by the gun’s current owner.

By the way, DiMaggio was an avid waterfowl hunter. Here’s his 1970 California license, complete with signed duck stamp.

How much will the gun sell for? Good question. Given that his 1947 MVP award brought $281,750 in 2006, I’m guessing quite a bit. And, since the gun is neither original nor unfired, if you buy it, you can take it hunting, too, without ruining its value. How cool would it be to casually uncase DiMaggio’s Model 21 in the duck blind?is

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

My favorite DiMaggio story: While Dimag and Marylin Monroe were married, Marylin went to Korea to entertain the troops, and the thousands of assembled GIs went insane when she undulated onstage.

When she came home, she told DiMaggio about it and said, "Joe, you've never heard cheering like that in your life."

Very quietly, DiMaggio said, "Yes, I have."

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from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

DEP-Great story. That would be a nice gun to own, but anticipating the pricetag on it I don't think the owner will be taking it duck hunting.

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from berniedog wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

If I had the cash I would buy that in a second, along with the license. Great memorabilia that combines my two favorite pastimes, Yankee Basball and Bird hunting!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

It's a damn shame the current owner replaced the stock, much more conversation value as is.

My favorite Yogi Berra story is when he ordered a pizza one evening from his hotel room, the young lady said "would you like us to slice it into four pieces or eight". Yogi says "slice it in four pieces I couldn't eat eight".

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

That is one cool piece of Baseball, and firearm, history. I am a BIG Baseball fan, and gun nut; so needless to say if I had the $$$ I would be bidding for this scatter gun!
BTY-I just came into ownership of a Browning, Belgium made, auto 5, MINT condition, in 16 gauge. My wife's Great uncle had returned from Europe after WWII with it. It was used as a field gun, but well cared for over the years. The engraving,and stock to metal fit,is simply oustanding. OH, how I enjoy these guns of the past!

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from buckstopper wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I wonder if there is a signed Joe DiMaggio Mr. Coffee maker. Is that where they got the phrase "cup of Joe"? I found a Belgian Browning Sweet Sixteen at an estate sale for a steal price. It must have sat in the corner of a closet for quite some time it had oil gunk in the reciever but otherwise saw little use. A good cleaning job and I took it and my 12ga Citori to South Dakota on a pheasant hunt. It was quite cool.

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from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

i dont see any of my guns going up for sale as owned by mike plotner right fileder of the chop shop baseball team. but its niice to know joe actually used it

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Joe Dimaggio? Is that the guy that sold coffee makers?

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from wingshooter54 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

A Winchester model 21 with or without DiMaggio's provenance is still the best side by side shotgun ever made in America. (with apologies to the Fox, Parker, Lefever and L.C. Smith collectors) I have a couple of 21's and would not trade them even for the reknowned and beautiful Ms. Elisha Cuthbert.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Hey editors,
how come bnofd8as9 can get on this site but I'm slammed damned near every day?

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

SLAMMED INCLUDING THIS TIME!

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from duckcreekdick wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I want to hear more of the "fire in the duck blind story". Good material for a Pat McManus story, eh?

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from 99explorer wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Yogi Berra once said of Joe DiMaggio,"I wish everybody had the drive he had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch."
Yogi also said, Ninety percent of this game is half mental."

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

IMHO, Bo Whoop, Nash Buckingham's Heavy Frame Fox, built and choked by legendary Bert (Burt?) Becker sold for 175G's, not counting the 15% buyer's premium, which put the total around $201 Grand.
Given the fact Buckingham has but a small cult of followers still alive and EVERYBODY knows Joe D, I figure the gun will fetch a quarter Mil (not counting the 15% buyers premium).
Pretty nice memorabilia, but I beleive I would still have rather had Bo Whoop, I guarantee it accounted for a lot more waterfowl than did this 21.
BTW, I googled Bo Whoop and found James Julia's advertisement for the Bo Whoop Aution. There was a picture of Buckingham goose hunting (circa 1950's) and said that this was the last photograph taken of Buck with Bo Whoop. This is obviously incorrect as the gun was lost many years prior to that. The gun he is pictured with may possibly be the second Becker Magnum made for Buckingham. It was choked and overbored identical to the original, but sported a semi-pistol grip stock as compared to the original which had a straight English Style stock.
The only 21 I have ever longed to own is "The Award Gun", presented to Buckingham by John Olin for "Outdoorsman of the Year" for his work in wildfowl conservation.

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Ditto to Petzal; that's my favorite DiMaggio story, too. Around our household and in my family baseball runs about even with hunting as a quasi-religion and DiMaggio sits on the right hand of Ruth.
Years ago my son got selected to play in the youth game that preceded the All-Star game at the ballpark in Arlington. The kids were able to visit the locker room before the game to mingle with players, and while my boy was inside DiMaggio came striding through. He didn't stop to visit or talk like the current players did, but my son, who was all of about 10-years old, emerged from the enounter looking like Moses must have looked after seeing the Burning Bush. If he had been any more awe-struck his hair would have turned white...

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from RES1956 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Time to retract, the photo of Buckingham that DU has of Buckingham is correct. That is Bo Whoop and was taken in 1948 at Tom Bash's "Lost Quarter" near Swan Lake Refuge in Missouri. He was shooting with Bob Anderson and Werner Nagel.
My apology to all

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from nc30-06 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Jim in Mo, I "unslammed" you.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

nc30-06,
Thanks for your time but you don't understand what we say about 'slammed'. It's not a minus point, hell I don't care. It's when we make a post and F&S challenges us about our authenticity to be on this site!
Some twit selling stuff is alowed on but WE are challenged.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I would love to have ANY Win. 21 That was not a wreck, buw no one I know has one.

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from joe scarpa wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

From what i understand joe d was quite a marksman ..not much history out there to support that ? But i did read some theorys on the internet . And as you guys know everything written on the internet is true !$#%^*&? Theres quite a few storys out there . the one that's out there the most is the Joe D Conspiracy.That is, that Joe D was the one that shot Kennedy .People believe that Joe D was the one that killed Kennedy ? He must of been a hell of a shot ! and we all no he runs fast ! Fact of the matter is Joe D was a hunter and a very good shot.. Most people don't know that..

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

My favorite DiMaggio story: While Dimag and Marylin Monroe were married, Marylin went to Korea to entertain the troops, and the thousands of assembled GIs went insane when she undulated onstage.

When she came home, she told DiMaggio about it and said, "Joe, you've never heard cheering like that in your life."

Very quietly, DiMaggio said, "Yes, I have."

+11 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

It's a damn shame the current owner replaced the stock, much more conversation value as is.

My favorite Yogi Berra story is when he ordered a pizza one evening from his hotel room, the young lady said "would you like us to slice it into four pieces or eight". Yogi says "slice it in four pieces I couldn't eat eight".

+5 Good Comment? | | Report
from CHKILCHII wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

DEP-Great story. That would be a nice gun to own, but anticipating the pricetag on it I don't think the owner will be taking it duck hunting.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from berniedog wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

If I had the cash I would buy that in a second, along with the license. Great memorabilia that combines my two favorite pastimes, Yankee Basball and Bird hunting!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

That is one cool piece of Baseball, and firearm, history. I am a BIG Baseball fan, and gun nut; so needless to say if I had the $$$ I would be bidding for this scatter gun!
BTY-I just came into ownership of a Browning, Belgium made, auto 5, MINT condition, in 16 gauge. My wife's Great uncle had returned from Europe after WWII with it. It was used as a field gun, but well cared for over the years. The engraving,and stock to metal fit,is simply oustanding. OH, how I enjoy these guns of the past!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckstopper wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I wonder if there is a signed Joe DiMaggio Mr. Coffee maker. Is that where they got the phrase "cup of Joe"? I found a Belgian Browning Sweet Sixteen at an estate sale for a steal price. It must have sat in the corner of a closet for quite some time it had oil gunk in the reciever but otherwise saw little use. A good cleaning job and I took it and my 12ga Citori to South Dakota on a pheasant hunt. It was quite cool.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Hey editors,
how come bnofd8as9 can get on this site but I'm slammed damned near every day?

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Plotner wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

i dont see any of my guns going up for sale as owned by mike plotner right fileder of the chop shop baseball team. but its niice to know joe actually used it

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from wingshooter54 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

A Winchester model 21 with or without DiMaggio's provenance is still the best side by side shotgun ever made in America. (with apologies to the Fox, Parker, Lefever and L.C. Smith collectors) I have a couple of 21's and would not trade them even for the reknowned and beautiful Ms. Elisha Cuthbert.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

SLAMMED INCLUDING THIS TIME!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from duckcreekdick wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

I want to hear more of the "fire in the duck blind story". Good material for a Pat McManus story, eh?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 99explorer wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Yogi Berra once said of Joe DiMaggio,"I wish everybody had the drive he had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch."
Yogi also said, Ninety percent of this game is half mental."

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from RES1956 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

IMHO, Bo Whoop, Nash Buckingham's Heavy Frame Fox, built and choked by legendary Bert (Burt?) Becker sold for 175G's, not counting the 15% buyer's premium, which put the total around $201 Grand.
Given the fact Buckingham has but a small cult of followers still alive and EVERYBODY knows Joe D, I figure the gun will fetch a quarter Mil (not counting the 15% buyers premium).
Pretty nice memorabilia, but I beleive I would still have rather had Bo Whoop, I guarantee it accounted for a lot more waterfowl than did this 21.
BTW, I googled Bo Whoop and found James Julia's advertisement for the Bo Whoop Aution. There was a picture of Buckingham goose hunting (circa 1950's) and said that this was the last photograph taken of Buck with Bo Whoop. This is obviously incorrect as the gun was lost many years prior to that. The gun he is pictured with may possibly be the second Becker Magnum made for Buckingham. It was choked and overbored identical to the original, but sported a semi-pistol grip stock as compared to the original which had a straight English Style stock.
The only 21 I have ever longed to own is "The Award Gun", presented to Buckingham by John Olin for "Outdoorsman of the Year" for his work in wildfowl conservation.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from MReeder wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Ditto to Petzal; that's my favorite DiMaggio story, too. Around our household and in my family baseball runs about even with hunting as a quasi-religion and DiMaggio sits on the right hand of Ruth.
Years ago my son got selected to play in the youth game that preceded the All-Star game at the ballpark in Arlington. The kids were able to visit the locker room before the game to mingle with players, and while my boy was inside DiMaggio came striding through. He didn't stop to visit or talk like the current players did, but my son, who was all of about 10-years old, emerged from the enounter looking like Moses must have looked after seeing the Burning Bush. If he had been any more awe-struck his hair would have turned white...

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from RES1956 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Time to retract, the photo of Buckingham that DU has of Buckingham is correct. That is Bo Whoop and was taken in 1948 at Tom Bash's "Lost Quarter" near Swan Lake Refuge in Missouri. He was shooting with Bob Anderson and Werner Nagel.
My apology to all

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from nc30-06 wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Jim in Mo, I "unslammed" you.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jim in Mo wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

nc30-06,
Thanks for your time but you don't understand what we say about 'slammed'. It's not a minus point, hell I don't care. It's when we make a post and F&S challenges us about our authenticity to be on this site!
Some twit selling stuff is alowed on but WE are challenged.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I would love to have ANY Win. 21 That was not a wreck, buw no one I know has one.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from joe scarpa wrote 2 years 29 weeks ago

From what i understand joe d was quite a marksman ..not much history out there to support that ? But i did read some theorys on the internet . And as you guys know everything written on the internet is true !$#%^*&? Theres quite a few storys out there . the one that's out there the most is the Joe D Conspiracy.That is, that Joe D was the one that shot Kennedy .People believe that Joe D was the one that killed Kennedy ? He must of been a hell of a shot ! and we all no he runs fast ! Fact of the matter is Joe D was a hunter and a very good shot.. Most people don't know that..

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

Joe Dimaggio? Is that the guy that sold coffee makers?

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