Joe DiMaggio, or Joseph Paul DiMaggio, is an American professional baseball player who was an excellent hitter and fielder and also one of the best all-around players in the history of baseball.
DiMaggio was born to Italian immigrants who made their living by fishing on November 25, 1914, in Martinez, California, U.S. He died on March 8, 1999, in Hollywood, Florida.
He quit school at the age of 14 and joined his brother Vincent to play baseball with the minor league San Francisco Seals at 17. Then the New York Yankees purchased Joe’s contract with San Francisco. He was brought up to the major leagues in 1936 when he batted .323 during the regular season and .346 against the New York Giants during the World Series.
DiMaggio led the American League in home runs in 1937 and led the American League in batting, with averages of .381 and .352 in 1939 and 1940, respectively. DiMaggio was a very consistent hitter. He had a hitting streak of 61 consecutive games during his 1933 season with the Seals.
From 1936 to 1951, DiMaggio helped leading the Yankees to nine World Series titles. During the same period of time, the Yankees won 10 American League championships and DiMaggio missed three seasons (1943-1945) due to serving in the military during World War II.
DiMaggio won the Most Valuable Player award for the American League in three years (1939, 1941, and 1947). He retired from professional football at the end of the 1951 season. He was chosen to the Baseball Hall of Fame four years later.
DiMaggio married film star Marilyn Monroe in 1954, which only added to his iconic status in American culture. Although their marriage lasted less than one year, the couple kept close relationship until Monroe died in 1962.
In his retirement, DiMaggio acted as a spokesman for commercial concerns as well as worked for charitable causes. He was loved by fans not only for his phenomenal playing skills but also for his integrity and dignity.