Joe DiMaggio

Birthdate11/25/1914
Death Date3/8/1999
Debut Year1936
Year of Induction1955
Teams Yankees
Position Center Field

During WWII, DiMaggio’s parents were classified as “enemy aliens” by the US government and not allowed to travel more than 5 miles from their home without a permit. 

 

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In the collection:

Joe DiMaggio's pass to NY's 1956 World Championship season

Joe DiMaggio's pass to NY's 1956 World Championship season

Joe DiMaggio retired after the 1951 season after three straight World Series titles. In the collection is his season pass to all Yankee games for the 1956 season with the facsimile signature of Yanks owner Dan Topping. New York had dropped the previous World Series to the Dodgers but avenged the los
Reverse of Joe DiMaggio's 1956 pass to Yankee Stadium

Reverse of Joe DiMaggio's 1956 pass to Yankee Stadium

Joe DiMaggio went out in style, retiring after being an All Star in each and every one of his 13 seasons. A three-time MVP, DiMaggio appeared in ten World Series taking home nine championship rings. He drove in at least 95 runs in 11 of his 13 seasons and hit better than .300 in all but his
Gene Thompson writes about giving up Joe DiMaggio's homer in 1939 World Series

Gene Thompson writes about giving up Joe DiMaggio's homer in 1939 World Series

Joe DiMaggio earned his fourth-straight All Star appearance and his first MVP Award in 1939. The batting champ hit a career-high .381 with 30 homers and 126 runs batted in. In the postseason DiMaggio’s Yankees faced the Cincinnati Reds. After winning the first two
Joe DiMaggio & Ed Barrow, the NY exec who lured him out of the PCL

Joe DiMaggio & Ed Barrow, the NY exec who lured him out of the PCL

Joe DiMaggio was a a four-year veteran of the Pacific Coast League when Ed Barrow came calling on behalf of the Yankees. DiMaggio was playing for his hometown San Francisco Seals, coming off a 1935 season in which he hit .398. It would take a lot to persuade the young DiMaggio to leave a seemingly p

A Story about Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio’s 1939 October blast left an impression on the baseball lifer who surrendered it

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1939 World Series

Pro career starts at age 17 Gene Thompson enjoyed a pro baseball career that spanned parts of eight decades. Signed by the Reds as a 17-year old in 1935, Thompson played until 1950. Two years later at age 35, he embarked on a scouting career that lasted until after his 88th birthday. The highlight of his playing career came in his first year as a Major Leaguer in 1939. Debuting as a 21-year old, Thompson excelled in his role as the Reds swingman, going 13-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 11 starts and 31 relief appearances. Thompson wasn’t the only stellar performer. The Reds got 27 wins from MVP Bucky Walters and a league-leading 128 RBI from first baseman Frank McCormick. Cincinnati won 97 games to earn the National League pennant. Thompson’s Reds face the Yankees in October In the World Series, Cincinnati squared off against Joe McCarthy’s heavily-favored Yankees. After dropping the first two games in New York, the Reds tabbed Thompson to start Game 3 in Cincinnati. A win by the home team would put the Reds back in the thick of things; a loss would put them in a 3-0 hole against the two-time defending champs. In […]

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