Italian Historical Society of America


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   Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999)

 Credited with leading the New York Yankees to nine World Championships, DiMaggio – known as "The Yankee Clipper" for his gracefulness on the field – gained fame for his baseball skills and his demeanor both on the field and off. His career started when he played in the Pacific Coast League and caught the eye of Yankees’ scouts. He started with the Yankees in 1936 and set American League rookie records for runs and triples, making the All-Star Team and playing in the World Series. In 1941, he captured America’s attention with a 56-game hitting streak. He played with the Yankees – and in four more World Series – until 1942 when he joined the army during World War II. He rejoined the Yankees in 1946, and went on to play in four more World Series.

 DiMaggio retired in 1952, before baseball was televised, but his name is legendary and he’s been immortalized through songs and in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, as "the Great DiMaggio." He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955, and he was elected to the Major League Baseball's All-Century Team. At the Centennial Celebration of baseball in 1969, DiMaggio was named the "Greatest Living Player." He was the first inductee in the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, elected in 1978, and a statue depicting DiMaggio swinging a bat stands outside the Museum.

Official Web Site of Joe DiMaggio

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