- NAME: Joe DiMaggio
- OCCUPATION: Baseball Player
- BIRTH DATE: November 25, 1914
- DEATH DATE: March 08, 1999
- EDUCATION: Galileo High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Martinez, California
- PLACE OF DEATH: Hollywood, Florida
- Full Name: Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio
- AKA: Joe DiMaggio
- AKA: Giuseppe DiMaggio
- Nickname: Joltin' Joe
- Nickname: The Yankee Clipper
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Joe DiMaggio was one of the best all-round baseball players in the history of the game, helping the New York Yankees to nine World Series titles.
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Although he had incredible natural talents, DiMaggio's sudden rise from West Coast obscurity to the most storied team in the Major Leagues was driven primarily by his legendary work ethic. "A ball player has to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer," he later remarked. "That's why no boy from a rich family has ever made the big leagues."
Joe DiMaggio made his debut as a Yankee on May 3, 1936, and during his rookie season he batted .323 with 29 home runs,
helping the Bronx Bombers win a World Series Championship. The Yankees went on to win four consecutive World Series in DiMaggio's first four seasons, making him the only athlete in the history of North American professional sports to win championships in each of his first four seasons. During his fourth season, in 1939, DiMaggio was also named the American League's Most Valuable Player.
In addition to his prowess at the plate, DiMaggio was also a phenomenally skilled centerfielder and base runner. As fellow baseball great Yogi Berra put it, "He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field." During the 1941 season, in which the Yankees again won the World Series, DiMaggio set perhaps the most unbreakable record in all of sports by hitting safely in 56 consecutive games—shattering the 1897 record of 44 games set by Willie Keeler of the Baltimore Orioles. (DiMaggio's record for most hits in consecutive games still stands today.) DiMaggio's hitting streak enthralled the nation, and Les Brown recorded "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio & we want you on our side."
DiMaggio forsook three of the prime years of his career to serve in the United States Army during World War II. Although he spent the majority of his three-year enlistment in the United States, playing baseball for the Seventh Army Air Force Team and serving as a physical training instructor, his presence in the armed forces provided a boost to military and national morale during the war years.
Following the war, DiMaggio returned to the Yankees in 1946, and in 1947 he had yet another career year, winning the American League MVP award and leading to the Yankees to the World Series while making only one error in a near-flawless season in the outfield. After winning three consecutive World Series (1949-1951), DiMaggio decided to retire after the 1951 season due to increasing pain in his heel. "I was full of aches and pains and it had become a chore for me to play," he said. "When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game."
During his 13 seasons in Major League Baseball, DiMaggio won nine World Series Championships and three American League MVP awards. He had a career batting average of .325, with 361 career home runs. DiMaggio was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
Joe DiMaggio married Dorothy Arnold in 1939, and they had a son, John III, before divorcing after five years of marriage. Then, in 1952, the year after he retired from baseball, DiMaggio met actress Marilyn Monroe and fell madly in love with her, beginning one of the most high-profile romances in American history.
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