Joe DiMaggio

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Joe "Joltin' Joe" DiMaggio (1914-1999) was a Baseball Hall of Fame baseball player for the New York Yankees from 1936 to 1951. He holds the record for number of consecutive games with a hit (56), in 1941, which is considered one of the greatest achievements in all of sports. He was briefly married to Marilyn Monroe. He is mentioned in the Simon and Garfunkel song Mrs. Robinson.

He holds the all-time record of the fewest strikeouts for a home run hitter, striking out only about once for every home run that he hit and only once per 18.5 at-bats. He also led the Yankees to many pennant and nine World Series championships during his career.

He was an all-round player who was a superb center-fielder, recording a remarkable 22 assists in throwing out base runners in one season.

DiMaggio's father was a fisherman and Joe was raised in a Catholic family of nine children.

Surprisingly, and perhaps due to having a relatively short career, DiMaggio was not elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, but was in his second eligible year.[1] His career was a relatively short 13 years, which kept him from becoming a leader in most career statistics.

Literature

Ernest Hemingway refers to DiMaggio as an example of greatness in The Old Man and the Sea.[2]

Mickey Mantle

Joe DiMaggio was replaced by Mickey Mantle in center field for the Yankees, and DiMaggio disliked some of the attention later given to Mantle after both had retired.[3]

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