Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New York Yankees' DiMaggio Hits For The Cycle

On May 21, 1948, Hall of Fame New York Yankees great, Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run).
The Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio with the Yankees in 1942.
DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American Major League Baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees.

He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.

DiMaggio's 56-game streak became one of the most idolized numbers in baseball and joined Babe Ruth's home run records, and later Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game, as the most hallowed records in all of sports. Whenever any player recorded a hit streak in the mid-thirties, still twenty short of the record, that player would receive an immense amount of coverage from the media. That's how enormous Joe's record was.

DiMaggio was a three-time MVP winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons.

During his tenure with the Yankees, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships.

At the time of his retirement, DiMaggio ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage (.579).  DiMaggio finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .325 with 2,214 hits and 1,357 RBIs.

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees in 1941.
The New York Yankees retired DiMaggio’s number 5 jersey in 1952.

He was inducted into the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 with 88.84 percent of the vote on the third ballot in which he appeared, and was voted the sport's greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969.

On Sept. 27, 1998, New York Yankee and Martinez native Joe DiMaggio makes his last public appearance at Yankee Stadium. Owner George Steinbrenner presents him with replicas of his 9 World Series rings, which had been stolen 30 years previously.

In 1999 DiMaggio was named as one of Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team members.