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DiMaggio Joe Joseph Paul DiMaggio b Martinez Calif Nov 25 1914 was professional baseballs premier center fielder during the late 1930s and 1940s Playing his entire career 1936-42 1946-51 for the New York Yankees DiMaggio was a dangerous batter and one of the most graceful and fleet outfielders ever to play the game--hence his nicknames Joltin Joe and the Yankee Clipper DiMaggio was the eighth of nine children of a San Francisco fisherman In 1936 the Yankees purchased him from the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast league where at age 18 he had compiled a 61-game hitting streak The center fielders rookie season in New York was sensational and DiMaggio would go on to lead the American League twice in home runs 1937 1948 batting average 1939-40 slugging average 1937 1950 and runs batted in 1941 1948 He was three times voted the leagues Most Valuable Player 1939 1941 1947 and in his 13 seasons he led the Yankees to 10 pennants and 9 World Series titles His greatest and as yet unapproached achievement came in 1941 when he hit safely in 56 consecutive games DiMaggio finished his career with a 325 batting average 2214 hits 361 home runs and 1537 runs batted in He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955 Ever the soft-spoken gentleman both on and off the field DiMaggio endeared himself to the American public Rick Cunningham Bibliography De Gregorio George Joe DiMaggio An Informal Biography 1981 Lehmann-Haupt Christopher Me and DiMaggio 1986 Moore Jack G Joe DiMaggio Baseballs Yankee Clipper 1987 Seidel Michael Streak Joe DiMaggio and the Summer of 41 1988 Picture Captions
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