Mantle asked in SportsBaseball · 1 decade ago

Why did Joe Dimaggio's teammates call him "Big Dago"?

What is the significance of "Dago"?

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  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Dago back then wasn't the pejorative it is now and, obviously, was used affectionately here for the Italian descended DiMaggio. Phil Rizzuto was "Little Dago".

  • Jay
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Maybe because he was Italian. That's what dago refers to.

  • 1 decade ago

    Back in the 50s. they did not have sensitivity training.

    So words like that and offensive categorization of race and creed were blatent.

    But Joe D was called 'Joe D and the Chairman of the Board.

  • 1 decade ago

    he was italian

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  • 1 decade ago

    cuase he had a big dago.lol.

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