by Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER

PHOENIX – It was 10 a.m. on a typical warm May morning, and Jerry Colangelo cruised down North Central Avenue in his all-black Mercedes-Benz with tinted windows.

“I always have Sinatra on,” Colangelo said. “The Italian neighborhood [near] Chicago I’m from, the two big names way back were Frank Sinatra and [former New York Yankees legend] Joe DiMaggio. I eventually met both of them.”

A few months before he passed away at the age of 84 in 1999, DiMaggio told Colangelo that he was proud of him.

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