Dom DiMaggio: February 12, 1917 - May 8, 2009

Dom DiMaggio, Red Sox great and brother of Joe DiMaggio, died this morning at the age of 92. 

Dom was the youngest of the three centerfielding DiMaggio brothers with Vince being the oldest and Joe in the middle.  Nicknamed the "Little Professor" because of his glasses and small stature, Dom played his entire 10 year career with the Boston Red Sox, retiring in 1953.  He was a seven time All Star and played alongside Ted Williams. 

Dom's baseball career was interrupted for three years (1943 - 1945) due to a World War II military obligation.  Many believe that the three years that Dom spent serving in the navy cost him an induction into the Hall of Fame.  According to Ted Williams, "He was as good a centerfielder as I ever saw. Dom saved more runs as a centerfielder than anybody else. He should be in the Hall of Fame." 

The record for the longest hitting streak by a Boston Red Sox player is still held by Dom at 34 games.  Ironically, his streak ended when big brother Joe snagged a sinking liner in the 8th inning of a 6 - 3 Sox win over the Yankees.

After retiring from baseball Dom became a very successful businessman and was active in charitable causes, particulary with medical and educational institutions.  He was also involved in the founding of the AFL's  Boston Patriots,  who eventually became the New England Patriots.

Dom is survived by his wife Emily and three children.

 

 

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