Doubt and DiMaggio had seldom kept company, but after that season, they were seldom apart. Joe talked to Topping about retirement. “Don’t even think about it,” the owner told him. He wanted Joe to come over for dinner — at his place, 405 Park Avenue. … Anyway, Topping could read the numbers, with tickets, concessions, parking, radio and TV, his World Champion Yankees probably made three million dollars that year — with one .300 hitter, a part-timer named DiMaggio, at .346. Topping wanted Joe to know he wasn’t going to lose a nickel, just because he’d played in only half the games. He could have another hundred-thousand-dollar contract right now — just say the word. Joe wouldn’t say the word.
— Richard Ben Cramer on DiMaggio’s offseason of 1949