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Joe DiMaggio

"A ball player has to be kept hungry to become a big leaguer. That's why no boy from a rich family has ever made the big leagues." - Joe DiMaggio Source: New York Times (April 30, 1961)

* Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. (November 25, 1914 – March 8, 1999) in Martinez, California, and moved to San Francisco at one year old. He was nicknamed Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper, was a Major League Baseball center fielder who played his entire MLB career (1936–1951) for the New York Yankees. He was the brother of Vince DiMaggio and Dom DiMaggio.

A 3-time MVP winner and 11-time All-Star who was widely hailed for his accomplishment on both offense and defense, as well as for the grace with which he played the game; at the time of his retirement at age 36, he had the fifth-most career home runs (361) and sixth-highest slugging percentage (.579) in history.

A "picture-perfect" player, DiMaggio achieved a 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 17, 1941) that has been called the top American sport feat of all time. After going hitless for one game, DiMaggio hit in the next 16 consecutive games, for a total of 72 out of 73.

* From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia