Overshadowed by Yankee icon and brother Joe, Dominick DiMaggio was a fine player in his own right. The youngest of three brothers – Vince the oldest also played – Dom broke in with the Red Sox in 1940.
He hit .301 in his first season and was an All Star in the next two. Like many fighting-age ball players, Dom joined the war effort. He missed three seasons due to his military service.
He returned in 1946 and made the All Star team. From ’46-’52 the centerfielder made five All Star teams. Perennially among the league leaders in many offensive categories, Dom paced the AL in runs twice and once each in triples and stolen bases.
From 1948-1950 he played for Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy. Under his tutelage, Dom was consistently excellent. Each of the three seasons he received votes in MVP balloting. Twice he made the All Star team.
While playing for McCarthy, Dom posted single-season career-best marks in hits, runs, doubles, triples, RBI, batting average, and on-base percentage.
In the collection is this letter handwritten by Dom DiMaggio writes. He writes, “In my estimation Joe McCarthy was an excellent manager and has to be rated with the best ever. Beyond that what else is there left to say?”.
Below that, DiMaggio pens his flowing and unmistakable signature.