Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio vacationed at the Tides Hotel & Bath Club on North Redington Beach in 1961. DiMaggio joined the New York Yankees in 1936 and spent nearly every March in St. Petersburg for Spring Training. The Yankees arrived in St. Pete in 1925, practicing at Huggins-Stengel Field at Crescent Lake and playing their games at Waterfront Park/Al Lang Stadium through 1961, departing for Ft. Lauderdale the following season. The Schrader’s Little Cooperstown exhibit at the Museum of History features a ball autographed by both Monroe and DiMaggio, one of only two items believed to ever be signed jointly by the two icons.
The St Petersburg Museum of History is located at 335 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For more information about exhibits, hours, and ticket pricing visit SPMOH.com or call (727) 894-1052.