Joe DiMaggio the byname for Joseph Paul DiMaggio and also known as Joltin Joe or the Yankee Clipper, (born November 25 in 1914; Martinez, California, U.S.–died March 8th, 1999 in Hollywood, Florida), American professional baseball player who was a superb fielder and hitter, and was one of the top all-around players throughout the history of baseball.
DiMaggio was the child of Italian immigrants who earned their living fishing. He left school at the age of 14, and when he was 17 he became a part of his younger brother Vincent and started playing baseball for his minor league team, the San Francisco Seals. (In the same way as Vincent who went onto play with a variety of major league teams among them those of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a younger DiMaggio brother, Dominic, played for the Boston Red Sox.) Joe’s agreement was with San Francisco was purchased by the New York Yankees, and the Yankees brought him into Major Leagues by the year 1936. In his first campaign with the Yankees the Yankees, he hit .323 in the regular season, and .346 with the New York Giants during the World Series.
In 1937, DiMaggio was the leader of his team in the American League in home runs as well as runs scored. Likewise, in 1939 and in 1940, he was the top player in his fellow players in the American League in batting, with an average in the range of .381 as well as .352. DiMaggio was a remarkably regular hitter. In the beginning of his career, during the 33-game season for the Seals He had an unbroken streak of hitting 60 consecutive games. His consistency was the reason for an one of the more amazing records in baseball history: DiMaggio’s ability to hit safely for the same 56 games (May 15-16 July 16, 1941).
The previous record record for longest streak of hitting that lasted 44 consecutive games had been established in 1897 (and at the time foul balls did not qualify as strike). Except for DiMaggio’s streak of hitting, no other player has been able to hit at least 44 straight games after. Apart from his impressive hitting skills, DiMaggio also had remarkable fielding ability who set his American League fielding record in 1947, making only one mistake in his 141 games. In fact, he played his center field position with such ease that some fans who were not well-informed considered him lazy. In reality, he never required a jump on the wall in the outfield to catch a ball or dive to catch balls. He was there to take the ball.
Between 1936 and 1951, DiMaggio played a major role in helping the Yankees to win nine World Series titles–in 1936, 1937 and 1938, as well as 1939 and 1947. 1949 1950, 1951, and. In the same time, the Yankees had won 10-straight American League championships (the Yankees took home the pennant, but they did not win winning the World Series in 1942.) DiMaggio was out for three years (1943 until 1945) while serving in the military throughout World War II.