1951 HEADLINE: Joe Dimaggio Set To Retire
The power of Joe DiMaggio’s name still carries an incredible amount of weight with it more than six decades after his retirement from the game. “Joe D” personified what baseball and specifically what baseball in New York was all about during the 1930’s and 1940’s.
Amazingly DiMaggio’s legendary status was built on just 13 seasons as a major leaguer. Joe missed 3 seasons during the prime of his career due to his commitment to serve his country. Many players from his era fought in the war and it always makes me wonder what we as fans missed during those years when these guys were away from the game.
In 13 seasons, ‘The Yankee Clipper’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP in 11 seasons. The numbers are pretty impressive: (3) 1st place finishes, (2) 2nd place finishes. Along with these honors, Joe DiMaggio compiled 2,214 career hits with 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI. Joe also made the All-Star team in each of his 13 years in the majors. WoW!!! The Gold Glove was not awarded during Joe’s playing days, but if it had been he would own quite a few as his range in the outfield was unparalleled back then.
One of the main factors of DiMaggio’s fame was due to his incredible World Series accomplishments. Joe played in 10 World Series contests, and won 9 championships!!!
And then, there is a little thing known as baseball’s grandest milestone – “The Streak”. In 1941, DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games. Since then, only 1 player has hit safely in 40+ games and nobody has come close to 50 again.
Joe DiMaggio is a true legend in the game of baseball and today we salute him for his amazing career and desire to be the best player in the game.