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DiMaggio, Joe (Joseph Paul).    more selected entries

DiMaggio, Joe [Joseph Paul] (b Martinez, Calif, 25 Nov 1914; d Hollywood, Fla, 8 Mar 1999).

Professional baseball player. Raised in San Francisco, Joe DiMaggio signed with the minor league San Francisco Seals in 1932. Four years later he debuted in the majors with the New York Yankees. DiMaggio's entire career (1936-42, 1946-51) was spent with the team, interrupted only by military service during World War II. In 1941 Joltin' Joe set a remarkable baseball record by hitting safely in 56 consecutive games. DiMaggio won American League Most Valuable Player honors three times (1939, 1941, 1947). During his tenure the Yankees won 10 pennants and 9 World Series championships. A player of unmatched grace and elegance, DiMaggio was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955. A short-lived marriage to Marilyn Monroe (1954) enhanced DiMaggio's star status, which also served him well as an advertising spokesman. Though protective of his privacy, DiMaggio remained a beloved public figure for half a century after ending his baseball career.

Pepe, Phil. The Yankees: An Authorized History of the New York Yankees, 3d ed. (Dallas: Taylor Publishing, 1998)

Whittingham, Richard, ed. The Di Maggio Albums: Selections from Public and Private Collections Celebrating the Baseball Career of Joe Di Maggio, 2 vols (New York: Putnam's, 1989)


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