Photos of Joe DiMaggio, "The Yankee Clipper" and Hall-of-Fame centerfielder who hit in 56 straight games in 1941.
Lou Gehrig, left, gets a rare smile from rookie sensation Joe DiMaggio during spring training in St. Petersburg, Fla. DiMaggio, called up from the San Francisco Seals, earned a reputation in training camp for very rarely smiling. (March 8, 1936)
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis heard all about Joe DiMaggio's tonsillectomy when the two met at Yankee Stadium before a game between the Yankees and the Washington Senators. The gentleman in the center is Col. Jake Ruppert, owner of the world champions. (April 20, 1937)
Joe DiMaggio poses with his brother, Dominic DiMaggio, center, and his father, Joe DiMaggio, Sr., right. (Oct. 6, 1937)
Determined fans of New York Yankees' Joe DiMaggio crowd their hero for autographs at Game 3 of the World Series at the Polo Grounds. The Yankees beat the New York Giants 5-1 to extend their lead in the Series to 3-0. DiMaggio, in his second year with the Yankees, had a respectable Series, batting .273 with one home run and four RBIs. (Oct. 8, 1937)
Back in his Yankee uniform after a long holdout, Joe DiMaggio obliged autograph-seeking youngsters in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium. (April 23, 1938)
Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio slides safely into the plate to tie score at 4 in the ninth inning of the fourth and final game of the World Series at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Joe Gordon grounded to Billy Werber and DiMaggio scored on the play when Ernie Lombardi, Reds catcher, dropped the ball. The Yanks won 7-4 in the 10th inning. (Oct. 8, 1939)
Joe DiMaggio lines a single to left field in the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Washington to set a record for hitting safely in 42 consecutive games. (June 29, 1941)
Yankees centerfielder Joe DiMaggio is shown in this 1941 photo.
Yankees centerfielder Joe DiMaggio is shown in this September 1941 photo.
Yankees centerfielder Joe DiMaggion in September 1941.
Joe DiMaggio and his wife, Dorothy, watch their son, Joe DiMaggio III, in their New York home. (Dec. 18 , 1941)
Joe DiMaggio runs toward first after getting a hit for the Yankees in this undated photo.
Yankees pitcher Bill Bevens, left, who pitched a one-hitter and lost, 3-2, and Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio walk down the runway leading to the clubhouse at Ebbets Field after Game 4 of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. (Oct. 3, 1947)
New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel, left, is shown with outfielder Joe DiMaggio, center, and pitcher Joe Page in the dressing room at Fenway Park in Boston after the Yankees defeated the Red Sox. (June 29, 1949)
Yankees centerfielder Joe DiMaggio, right, wears his cap and brandishes his bat as Yankees general manager George Weiss looks on at the team's New York offices, after DiMaggio signed his 1950 contract which was worth about $100,000. (Jan. 24, 1950)
Yankees centerfielder Joe DiMaggio carefully "bones" his bat in the clubhouse at the team's St. Petersburg, Fla., spring training facility. (March 6, 1950)
Joe DiMaggio grins in the New York Yankees' dressing room as he holds up three fingers to denote the three home runs he hit in the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators. (Sept. 10, 1950)
Joe DiMaggio is flanked by teammates after the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in Game 2 of the World Series, in Philadelphia. DiMaggio homered in the 10th inning to win the game. Left to right: Allie Reynolds, Bobby Brown; DiMaggio, Gene Woodling, and Gerry Coleman. Game 1 of the 2009 World Series is scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 28 in New York. (October 5, 1950)
Joe DiMaggio puts his famous mitt over a mural of Yankee Stadium in the Yankee home office after announcing his retirement from baseball. (Dec. 11, 1951)
DiMaggio (left) the former great new York Yankee clipper, and Hank Aaron, Milwaukee Braves outfielder, were were presented with Jeweled Sultan of Swat crowns by the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association. (Jan. 13, 1964)
oe DiMaggio, left, gives batting instruction to several Yankees, from left, third baseman Clete Boyer; first baseman Joe Pepitone; shortstop Tony Kubek; and second baseman Bobby Richardson. (March 11, 1965)
5 - Joe DiMaggio(Credit: AP )
Number retired: April 18, 1952
Yankee/Career stats: .325 AVG, 2,214 H, 361 HR, 1,537 RBI
During DiMaggio's era, he was considered the best all-around baseball player. His biggest career feat came in 1956 when he had a hit in 56 straight games, a record that stands till this day. Pete Rose is the only player to come close when he it in 44 straight games. DiMaggio's career numbers were hurt by three years of service during World War II. He was named to the All-Star team every year of his career and won three MVP awards. His numbers rank in the top 10 of every offensive category in franchise history.