Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. (November 25, 1914 – March 8, 1999), nicknamed Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper, was a baseball player who played his entire Major League career (1936–1951) for the New York Yankees. He was the brother of Vince DiMaggio and Dom DiMaggio. He was born in Martinez, California, and moved to San Francisco at one year old. The family name was often spoken in the media as "di-MAH-gee-oh" (IPA /dɪ'mćʤiːoʊ/) but was more properly pronounced "di-MAHD-joh."
DiMaggio was a 3-time MVP winner and 13-time All-Star who was widely hailed for his accomplishment on both offense and, as a center fielder, on defense, as well as for the grace with which he played the game. At the time of his retirement at age 36, he had the fifth-most career home runs (361) and sixth-highest slugging percentage (.579) in history. He is also the only player in baseball history to be selected for the All-Star Game in every season he played.
A "picture-perfect" player, DiMaggio achieved a 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941) that has been called baseball's most mythic achievement. After going hitless for one game, DiMaggio hit in the next 16 consecutive games, for a total of 72 out of 73. A 1969 poll conducted to coincide with the centennial of professional baseball voted him the sport's greatest living player.
Stephen Jay Gould often wrote of DiMaggio's hit streak as the only sports record that was an unpredictable anomaly based on statistical analysis, and therefore the greatest feat in all of sports.
His hitting streak has been used as a standard to compare similar feats in other sports. Johnny Unitas throwing at least 1 TD in 47 consecutive games is often cited as football's version. Martina Navratilova referred to her 74 straight match wins as "my DiMaggio streak." Wayne Gretzky's 51-game point-scoring run also was compared with the streak. DiMaggio was less than impressed, quoted as saying that Gretzky (who scored an empty-net goal in the final moments of a game to keep the streak alive) "never had to worry about a mid-game washout in the middle of the second period."
In an article in 1976 in Esquire magazine, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Joe DiMaggio was the center fielder on Stein's Italian team.
On 17 September 1992, the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital opened, for which he raised over $4,000,000. Elián González was taken there after he was rescued off the coast of Miami.
Yankee Stadium's fifth monument was dedicated to DiMaggio on 25 April 1999, and the West Side Highway was officially renamed in his honor. The Yankees wore DiMaggio's number 5 on the left sleeves of their uniforms for the 1999 season. He is ranked #11 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was elected by fans to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
An auction of DiMaggio's personal items was held on May 19-20, 2006 by his son's adopted daughters. Highlights included: the ball hit to break Wee Willie Keeler's hitting-streak record ($63,250); 2,000th career hit ball ($29,900); 1947 Most Valuable Player Award ($281,750); uniform worn in the 1951 World Series ($195,500); Hall of Fame ring ($69,000); photograph Marilyn autographed "I love you Joe" ($80,500); her passport ($115,000); their marriage certificate ($23,000). The event netted a total of $4.1 million.
DiMaggio was named the greatest athlete to wear the #5 by Sports Illustrated. . He was pictured with his son on the cover of the inaugural issue of SPORT magazine in September, 1946.
Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
He played his entire 18-year major-league professional career for the New York Yankees, winning 3 American League MVP titles and playing for 16 All-Star teams. Mantle played on 12 pennant winners and 7 World Championship clubs. He still holds the records for most World Series home runs (18), RBIs (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123).
AL MVP (1956, 1957, & 1962)
AL Triple Crown (1956)
AL Gold Glove winner in (1962)
16-time AL All-Star (1952-1965, 1967, 1968)
Led AL in OPS 6 times (1952, 1955-56, 1960, 1962 and 1964)
Led AL in Runs Created 7 times (1952 and 1955-60)
Led AL in Adjusted Batting Runs 9 times (1952, 1955-60, 1962 and 1964)
Led AL in Batting Wins 9 times (1952, 1955-60, 1962 and 1964)
Led AL in Extra-Base Hits 3 times (1952 and 1955-56)
Led AL in Offensive Win % 7 times (1952, 1955-56, 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964)
Led AL in Runs 6 times (1954, 1956-58 and 1960-61)
Led AL in On-base percentage 3 times (1955, 1962 and 1964)
Led AL in Slugging Percentage 4 times (1955, 1956, 1961 and 1962)
Led AL in Home Runs 4 times (1955-56, 1958 and 1960)
Led AL in Walks 5 times (1955, 1957-58 and 1961-62)
Led AL in Triples (11) in 1955
Led AL in Batting Average (.353) and RBI (130) in 1956
Led AL in Total Bases 3 times (1956, 1958 and 1960)
Led AL in Times on Base 3 times (1956-58)
Led AL in At Bats per Home Run in 1956 (10.3) and 1961 (9.5)
Led AL in Intentional Walks in 1958 (13) and 1964 (18)