Joe DiMaggio (1914–99,) byname of Joseph Paul DiMaggio, called Joltin’ Joe and the Yankee Clipper, was an American baseball player. An exceptional hitter, fielder, and one of the best all-round players in the history of the game, he exemplified the sports heroes of the 1940s and 1950s.
Born in Martinez, California, to Sicilian immigrant parents, DiMaggio was a powerful and elegant center fielder and hitter, and played his whole career (1936–51) with the New York Yankees. His highest achievement was hitting safely (recording a hit) at least once in 56 consecutive games in the 1941 season. He won the batting championship two times (1939, 1940,) and was voted the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. In 1949, he became the American League’s first $100,000 player.
During his career, DiMaggio hit 361 home runs and gathered a lifetime average of .325. In 1954, he married the film actress Marilyn Monroe. At Baseball’s 1969 Centennial Celebration, he was named the game’s greatest living player.
Notable biographies include Jack Moore’s Joe DiMaggio: Baseball’s Yankee Clipper (1987) and Rock and John Positano’s Dinner with DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero (2017.)