Miss Jill Corey
Just Don and Jill
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This photo dating to January 28, 1958 shows Don after the latest surgery to repair his six-time broken nose.  At the time Don was still a member of the Cincinnati Redlegs organization, and it would be another year and a half before he met Jill.  That does not mean that he was not already smitten.  Later in 1958, he hired a bus to take his team mates from the Cincinnati Redlegs to a drive-in theater to see Jill in Senior Prom, Jill's movie that was released by Columbia Pictures that yearClick here to read much more about Don's most unusual courtship techniques. 
This photo, widely circulated by the Associated Press, shows Jill and Don as they apply for their marriage license in Pittsburgh on December 21, 1961. 
Second picture added 11/25/13
A picture of the couple sharing their first kiss following their marriage on December 27, 1961 in Pittsburgh 
Second picture added 11/25/13 
Jill accompanied Don to the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training camp in Fort Meyers, Florida for the first time in 1962.
At the close of the 1962 season the Pirates traded Don to the Philadelphia Phillies.  The caption to this UPI wirephoto dated 11/29/62 read:

PITTSBURGH, PA:  "Never mind the uniform, Honey, I'm getting a new one,"  infielder Don Hoak tells his wife (singer Jill Corey).  The Pirates traded infielder Hoak to the Phillies 11/28 for outfielder Ted Savage and infielder Pancho Herrera.

Picture added 02//17/14

By 1963, Don was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, and the couple made their home for a time in the City of Brotherly Love.  Jill regularly attended the Phillies games there, usually sitting as close to third base as possible.  
While Jill systematically began to curtail her own public career after her marriage, she still had certain contractual obligations to fulfill beyond 1961.  Here Don sits admiring his bride as she rehearses for her next engagement.
Don and Jill stop at the Harwyn Club in New York, where Jill had been on earlier dates with several show business celebrities including Frank Sinatra. 
Jill accompanied Don to spring training in Florida for the first time in 1962.  Click on the image of Don at left and see several more pictures of Don during spring training that year and throughout his career in baseball. 
This picture dating from 1963, Don's last year as an active player, appears to be of somewhat lower newspaper wirephoto quality. 
In 1979, Bob Shank in his Scrapbook column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette retold the story of Jill, Don and Don's untimely death in 1969.  Along with the story was this picture taken that happy day in 1961 when the couple were married.
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