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Joe DiMaggio Retires From Baseball

 

Joseph Paul DiMaggio, also known as the Yankee Clippers, was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. In 1937, he led the American League in the number of home runs scored. In 1939 and 1940, he led the league in batting with averages of .381 and .352 respectively. He played 56 consecutive games from 15 May to 16 July 1941. You don't get numbers like that without taking a few hits, however, as on December 11, 1951, Joe DiMaggio retired several years earlier than anyone (including himself) expected.

Baseball debut for DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914. He left school at age 14 and began playing ball at age 17, joining his brother Vincent in the minor leagues for the San Francisco Seals. The Yankees bought his contract in 1936, and in his first season as a major league player, he batted at .323 and .346 in the World Series, helping the Yankees defeat the New York Giants.

DiMaggio played as a center fielder for almost his entire career. He played 13 seasons with the Yankees but lost three seasons from 1943 to 1945, when he joined forces to fight World War II. Throughout his career, DiMaggio won nine out of 10 World Series games he played.


Dimaggio's achievements

DiMaggio experienced his share of injuries and roadblocks in his time as a ball player. Eventually, he couldn't hit or throw without feeling pain in his right shoulder and right knee, as well as pain in his collarbone. He also had to undergo heel surgery at one time to remove the calcium spur. Despite the years he played in, he still proved to be a great ball player. With his nine World Series victories, DiMaggio earned the Most Valuable Player award for the American League in three different years in 1939, 1941 and 1947.

DiMaggio retired at age 36 two years earlier than he planned to do thanks to the advent of night baseball, which didn't give him the time to rest his battered body needed. "When baseball is no longer fun, it is no longer a sport, and therefore, I have played my last game of ball," he declared on December 11, 1951. DiMaggio was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame four years in 1955. post retirement.

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