Joseph Paul "Joe" DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914 as Guiseppe Paolo DiMaggio. During his 13 year major league baseball career as a centerfielder with the New York Yankees Joe earned the nicknames "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper". His legacy includes a 56-game hitting streak during the 1941 season, a record that has yet to be broken today. DiMaggio was also a three time MVP winner and an All-Star player every season of his 13 year career. During his career with the Yankees, the club won ten American League championships and nin World Series. At the time of his retirement he was ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentages (.579). Joe DiMaggio was voted sports greatest living player in a national poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
Other DiMaggios who have played professional baseball include Joe's brothers Dom and Vince, who were both outfielders in the major leagues, and cousin Frank DiMaggio, a third baseman.
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