Notable Yankees retirement announcements

JOE DIMAGGIO Dec. 11, 1951 Despite pleas from

Dec. 11, 1951
Despite pleas from owners Del Webb and Dan Topping to reconsider, DiMaggio, 37, reportedly said, “I’m never putting on that monkey suit again.’’ He later explained his decision to The Sporting News, saying, “I feel like I have reached the stage where I can no longer produce for my club, my manager and my teammates. I had a poor year, but even if I had hit .350, this would have been my last year. I was full of aches and pains and it had become a chore for me to play. When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game, and so, I’ve played my last game.’’ (Credit: AP, 1941)

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