updated 04/21/2004 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/04/1999 AT 12:00 AM ET
Doctors had gloomy news about baseball legend Joe DiMaggio on Monday, but by Tuesday they were saying his condition had improved slightly. On Monday it was believed that the Yankee Clipper, 84, was near death, backsliding in his fight to recover from lung cancer surgery and pneumonia. DiMaggio’s attorney Morris Engelberg said close friends and family members are preparing for the worst, having been summoned to DiMaggio’s bedside at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood FL. Medical reports say DiMaggio is battling a fever, a lung infection and high blood pressure.