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Joe DiMaggio was an American major league baseball player

InformationDetail
BirthdayNovember 25, 1914
Died onMarch 8, 1999
NationalityAmerican
FamousBaseball Star, Sportspersons, Baseball Players
SpousesMarilyn Monroe
SiblingsDom DiMaggio, Vince DiMaggio
Known asJoseph Paul DiMaggio
Childrens Joseph DiMaggio III
Universities
  • Galileo Academy of Science and Technology (1932)
  • Yale University
Birth PlaceMartinez
ReligionRoman Catholic
GenderMale
FatherGiuseppe
MotherRosalia DiMaggio
Net Worth$15 million
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inMartinez
Famous asAmerican Baseball Star
Died at Age84

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Who is Joe DiMaggio?

Joe DiMaggio is, till date, widely regarded as one of the most popular basketball players of all time. He was an iconic figure, who enthralled baseball lovers and created history with his 56-game hitting streak. The New York Times reported this particular achievement as ‘perhaps the most enduring record in sports’. Known for his reserved nature, DiMaggio was devoted to the sport and played with commitment, refinement and dignity. He began his Major League career with the New York Yankees and played a pivotal role in securing the World Series titles for the team nine times in the 13 big league seasons that he played with them. He epitomised the symbol of a sports hero during his years of success. His overwhelming popularity made him the face of many advertising campaigns. What’s more, he was all over the electronic media - in radio and television. He was popularly nicknamed, 'Joltin Joe' and 'The Yankee Clipper'. He married actress Marilyn Monroe and it is believed that he continued to be devoted to her even after their divorce. For his outstanding brilliance in the game, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Furthermore, he was named the greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year in 1965.

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Childhood & Early Life

Joseph Paul Joe DiMaggio was born in Martinez, California, to Italian immigrant parents, Giuseppe, a fisherman and Rosalia DiMaggio. He was the eighth of nine children of the couple.

After he turned a year old, his family relocated to San Francisco. While his father wished he would become a fisherman, he hated staying in his father’s boat and resented the smell of dead fish.

His older brother Vince DiMaggio, who played for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, convinced his manager to let his brother fill the shortstop position.

Career

On October 1, 1932, he made his professional debut on his brother Vince DiMaggio’s recommendation. He played as a replacement for the last few seasons and was subsequently taken in by the San Francisco Seals.

In 1933, he got hits in sixty consecutive games a record which gave him a celebrity status in the Bay Area. He held a batting average of 340 and had scored a total of 169 runs.

In an unfortunate incident in 1934, he tore his ligaments of the left knee. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Seals wished to sell his contract to the New York Yankees for a $100,000. Despite his injury, Scout Bill Essick of the New York Yankees believed that he would recover and thus insisted on him.

His contract was purchased by the New York Yankees for $25,000 and five players. The San Francisco Seals retained him for the 1935 season and he led the team to the Pacific Coast League title, that year.

On May 3, 1936, he made his debut in major league baseball as a member of the New York Yankees. He batted ahead of his fellow baseball player Lou Gehrig in his first game.

In 1937, he scored a batting average of .346 and a total of 167 runs. During the next season, he scored a batting average of .324. In the next two years, he scored an average of .381, earning the Most Valuable Player award.

In the 1940 season, the Yankees did not win the league championship, for the first time since he joined the team. He scored his second consecutive batting title, with an average of .352.

Year 1941 was historic for him and the game. In the season, he scored a hit in each game and played a record breaking, 56-game hitting streak. He batted .408 during the streak with 15 home runs and 55 RBI.

In the 1942 season, he scored a batting average of .305. However, his career in baseball was cut short as he was recruited into the United States Army Air Force the following year. He was posted as a physical education instructor stationed at Santa Ana, California, Hawaii, and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In September 1945, he was discharged from the army due to chronic stomach ulcers. The following year, he came back to resume his career in professional baseball.

In the 1946 season, he did not perform his best and scored a disappointing batting average of .290. The next year, he came back in form and scored a batting average of .315.

The 1948 season was one of his best, when he displayed his best form. He scored 39 home runs and 155 runs batted in, with a batting average of a .320.

On February 7, 1949, he signed a record contract for a sum of $100,000. This made him, at that time, the first baseball player to break $100,000 in earnings record.

In 1951, his batting average came down to.263, after soon-to-be Yankee superstar and fresh talent Mickey Mantle, performed his best. The following year, he announced his retirement.

Awards & Achievements

He was a three time proud recipient of ‘The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player’ award.

In 1941, he was conferred the ‘Associated Press Athlete of the Year’ title.

In 1955, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame.

On April 13, 1998 he was conferred the ‘Sports Legend Award’ at the 13th annual American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, New York City.

Personal Life & Legacy

On November 19, 1939, he married actress Dorothy Arnold in San Francisco's St. Peter and Paul Church. The couple had a son together. They divorced in 1944.

He was a spokesman and face of ‘Mr.Coffee’, an American coffee machine company. He was also the spokesman for ‘The Bowery Savings Bank’.

On January 14, 1954, he married actress Marilyn Monroe. However, the marriage did not work for long and the couple divorced on October 27, 1954.

He died at the age of 84 in Hollywood, Florida, USA, due to lung cancer.

On September 17, 1992, the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood was opened to raise money. For the hospital he raised $4,000,000.

On April 25, 1999 a fifth monument was dedicated to him at the Yankee Stadium. The West Side Highway in New York was renamed, the Joe DiMaggio Highway in his honour.

During the 1999 season, The New York Yankees wore number 5 on their sleeves in his honour.

In 2006, an auction of his personal belongings was organised by his adopted daughter. The auction resulted in a net sum of $4.1 million.

In 2012, as part of the ‘Major League Baseball All-Star Stamp Series’, the United States Postal Service featured him on a stamp.

He has been repeatedly mentioned in the ‘The Old Man And The Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway. He was mentioned and included in many works of art, literature, music, movies and plays.

Trivia

In 1939, this world renowned baseball player was nicknamed, ‘Yankee Clipper’, as his speed and range was compared to the then-newly launched Pan American airliner.

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Joe DiMaggio biography timelines

  • // 25th Nov 1914
    Joseph Paul Joe DiMaggio was born in Martinez, California, to Italian immigrant parents, Giuseppe, a fisherman and Rosalia DiMaggio. He was the eighth of nine children of the couple.
  • // 1st Oct 1932
    On October 1, 1932, he made his professional debut on his brother Vince DiMaggio’s recommendation. He played as a replacement for the last few seasons and was subsequently taken in by the San Francisco Seals.
  • // 1933
    In 1933, he got hits in sixty consecutive games a record which gave him a celebrity status in the Bay Area. He held a batting average of 340 and had scored a total of 169 runs.
  • // 1934
    In an unfortunate incident in 1934, he tore his ligaments of the left knee. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Seals wished to sell his contract to the New York Yankees for a $100,000. Despite his injury, Scout Bill Essick of the New York Yankees believed that he would recover and thus insisted on him.
  • // 3rd May 1936
    On May 3, 1936, he made his debut in major league baseball as a member of the New York Yankees. He batted ahead of his fellow baseball player Lou Gehrig in his first game.
  • // 1937
    In 1937, he scored a batting average of .346 and a total of 167 runs. During the next season, he scored a batting average of .324. In the next two years, he scored an average of .381, earning the Most Valuable Player award.
  • // 1939
    In 1939, this world renowned baseball player was nicknamed, ‘Yankee Clipper’, as his speed and range was compared to the then-newly launched Pan American airliner.
  • // 19th Nov 1939 To 1944
    On November 19, 1939, he married actress Dorothy Arnold in San Francisco's St. Peter and Paul Church. The couple had a son together. They divorced in 1944.
  • // 1940
    In the 1940 season, the Yankees did not win the league championship, for the first time since he joined the team. He scored his second consecutive batting title, with an average of .352.
  • // 1941
    Year 1941 was historic for him and the game. In the season, he scored a hit in each game and played a record breaking, 56-game hitting streak. He batted .408 during the streak with 15 home runs and 55 RBI.
  • // 1941
    In 1941, he was conferred the ‘Associated Press Athlete of the Year’ title.
  • // 1942
    In the 1942 season, he scored a batting average of .305. However, his career in baseball was cut short as he was recruited into the United States Army Air Force the following year. He was posted as a physical education instructor stationed at Santa Ana, California, Hawaii, and Atlantic City, New Jersey.
  • // 1945
    In September 1945, he was discharged from the army due to chronic stomach ulcers. The following year, he came back to resume his career in professional baseball.
  • // 1946
    In the 1946 season, he did not perform his best and scored a disappointing batting average of .290. The next year, he came back in form and scored a batting average of .315.
  • // 1948
    The 1948 season was one of his best, when he displayed his best form. He scored 39 home runs and 155 runs batted in, with a batting average of a .320.
  • // 7th Feb 1949
    On February 7, 1949, he signed a record contract for a sum of $100,000. This made him, at that time, the first baseball player to break $100,000 in earnings record.
  • // 1951
    In 1951, his batting average came down to.263, after soon-to-be Yankee superstar and fresh talent Mickey Mantle, performed his best. The following year, he announced his retirement.
  • // 14th Jan 1954 To 27th Oct 1954
    On January 14, 1954, he married actress Marilyn Monroe. However, the marriage did not work for long and the couple divorced on October 27, 1954.
  • // 1955
    In 1955, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame.
  • // 17th Sep 1992
    On September 17, 1992, the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood was opened to raise money. For the hospital he raised $4,000,000.
  • // 13th Apr 1998
    On April 13, 1998 he was conferred the ‘Sports Legend Award’ at the 13th annual American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, New York City.
  • // 1999
    During the 1999 season, The New York Yankees wore number 5 on their sleeves in his honour.
  • // 8th Mar 1999
    He died at the age of 84 in Hollywood, Florida, USA, due to lung cancer.
  • // 25th Apr 1999
    On April 25, 1999 a fifth monument was dedicated to him at the Yankee Stadium. The West Side Highway in New York was renamed, the Joe DiMaggio Highway in his honour.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, an auction of his personal belongings was organised by his adopted daughter. The auction resulted in a net sum of $4.1 million.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, as part of the ‘Major League Baseball All-Star Stamp Series’, the United States Postal Service featured him on a stamp.

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Joe DiMaggio's FAQ

  • What is Joe DiMaggio birthday?

    Joe DiMaggio was born at 1914-11-25

  • When was Joe DiMaggio died?

    Joe DiMaggio was died at 1999-03-08

  • Where was Joe DiMaggio died?

    Joe DiMaggio was died in Hollywood

  • Which age was Joe DiMaggio died?

    Joe DiMaggio was died at age 84

  • Where is Joe DiMaggio's birth place?

    Joe DiMaggio was born in Martinez

  • What is Joe DiMaggio nationalities?

    Joe DiMaggio's nationalities is American

  • Who is Joe DiMaggio spouses?

    Joe DiMaggio's spouses is Marilyn Monroe

  • Who is Joe DiMaggio siblings?

    Joe DiMaggio's siblings is Dom DiMaggio, Vince DiMaggio

  • Who is Joe DiMaggio childrens?

    Joe DiMaggio's childrens is Joseph DiMaggio III

  • What was Joe DiMaggio universities?

    Joe DiMaggio studied at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology (1932), Yale University

  • What is Joe DiMaggio's religion?

    Joe DiMaggio's religion is Roman Catholic

  • Who is Joe DiMaggio's father?

    Joe DiMaggio's father is Giuseppe

  • Who is Joe DiMaggio's mother?

    Joe DiMaggio's mother is Rosalia DiMaggio

  • What is Joe DiMaggio's sun sign?

    Joe DiMaggio is Sagittarius

  • How famous is Joe DiMaggio?

    Joe DiMaggio is famouse as American Baseball Star