Celebrity Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio Jr.? By People Staff Published on May 24, 1999 12:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Apparently there is bad blood between ailing baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and his only son, Joe Jr., 56. New York’s Daily News reports “father and son have fought a cold war for decades.” Joe Jr. has yet to visit his father since he’s been in a Florida hospital (where the Yankee Clipper underwent removal of a cancerous tumor from a lung and has battled ever since to stay alive), but, says the News, he will go to Joe Sr.’s funeral. The younger DiMaggio’s mother was Joltin’ Joe’s first wife, Dorothy Arnold. The couple divorced in 1941 and reportedly began to vie for the affection of the child. It was a rocky relationship between the two men, however. The elder DiMaggio was a strict disciplinarian, while the younger was, and has remained, a renegade.