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Your email will only be seen by the event organizer. Your Name. Email Address. Enter the code as shown below:. Send message Please wait Copy Event URL. Statistician Bill Jenkinson commented on these figures:. Every time he batted in his home field during his entire career, he did so knowing that it was physically impossible for him to hit a home run to the half of the field directly in front of him. If you look at a baseball field from foul line to foul line, it has a degree radius. From the power alley in left-center field in Joe's time to the fence in deep right center field ft , it is degrees.

And Joe DiMaggio never hit a single home run over the fences at Yankee Stadium in that degree graveyard. It was just too far. Joe was plenty strong; he routinely hit balls in the foot range. But that just wasn't good enough in cavernous Yankee Stadium. Like Ruth, he benefited from a few easy homers each season due to the short foul line distances. But he lost many more than he gained by constantly hitting long fly outs toward center field.

Whereas most sluggers perform better on their home fields, DiMaggio hit only 41 percent of his career home runs in the Bronx. He hit homers at Yankee Stadium. If he had hit the same exact pattern of batted balls with a typical modern stadium as his home, he would have belted about homers during his home field career. DiMaggio became eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in but he was not elected until The Hall of Fame rules on the post-retirement induction waiting period had been revised in the interim, extending the waiting period from one to five years, but DiMaggio and Ted Lyons were exempted from the rule.

DiMaggio told Baseball Digest in that the Brooklyn Dodgers had offered him their managerial job in , but he turned it down. After being out of baseball since his retirement as a player, DiMaggio became the first hitting instructor of the newly relocated Oakland Athletics from to DiMaggio's most famous achievement is his MLB record-breaking game hitting streak in Initially, DiMaggio showed little interest in breaking Sisler's record, saying "I'm not thinking a whole lot about it I'll either break it or I won't. DiMaggio recorded 67 hits in at-bats during the first 45 games of his streak, while Keeler recorded 88 hits in at-bats.

Louis Browns. The distinction of hitting safely in 72 of 73 games is worthy of mention. The Yankees' record during the streak was 41—13—2. Some consider DiMaggio's streak a uniquely outstanding and unbreakable record and a statistical near-impossibility.

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His Harvard colleague Stephen Jay Gould , citing Purcell's work, called DiMaggio's game achievement "the most extraordinary thing that ever happened in American sports". He spent most of his military career playing for baseball teams and in exhibition games against fellow Major Leaguers and minor league players, and superiors gave him special privileges due to his prewar fame. DiMaggio ate so well from an athlete-only diet that he gained 10 pounds, and while in Hawaii he and other players mostly tanned on the beach and drank.

Embarrassed by his lifestyle, DiMaggio requested that he be given a combat assignment but was turned down. Giuseppe and Rosalia DiMaggio, both from Isola delle Femmine , were among the thousands of German, Japanese, and Italian immigrants classified as "enemy aliens" by the government after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Each was required to carry photo ID booklets at all times and were not allowed to travel outside a five-mile radius from their home without a permit. Giuseppe was barred from San Francisco Bay , where he had fished for decades, and his boat was seized.

Rosalia became an American citizen in , followed by Giuseppe in They married at San Francisco's St. Peter and Paul Church on November 19, , as 20, well-wishers jammed the streets. According to her autobiography My Story , ghostwritten by Ben Hecht , [40] Marilyn Monroe originally did not want to meet DiMaggio, fearing that he was a stereotypical arrogant athlete. Although she suffered from endometriosis , [41] Monroe and DiMaggio each expressed to reporters their desire to start a family.

A violent fight between the couple occurred immediately after the skirt-blowing scene in The Seven Year Itch that was filmed on September 14, , in front of Manhattan's Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theater. The couple then had a "yelling battle" in the theater lobby.

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On August 1, , an International News wire photo of DiMaggio with Lee Meriwether gave rise to speculation that the couple was engaged, but Cramer wrote that it was a rumor started by Walter Winchell. DiMaggio reentered Monroe's life as her marriage to Arthur Miller was ending. She joined him in Florida where he was a batting coach for the Yankees. Their "just friends" claim did not stop remarriage rumors from flying. Reporters staked out her Manhattan apartment building.

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According to Maury Allen 's biography, DiMaggio was alarmed at how Monroe had fallen in with people he felt were detrimental to her well-being. Val Monette, owner of a military post-exchange supply company, told Allen that DiMaggio left his employ on August 1, , because he had decided to ask Monroe to remarry him.

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Ralph Greenson. DiMaggio's son had spoken to Monroe on the phone the night of her death and said that she seemed fine. It has also been the subject of conspiracy theories. Devastated, DiMaggio claimed her body and arranged for her funeral at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery ; he barred Hollywood's elite as well as members of the Kennedy family , including then- U. President John F.

Kennedy , from attending. He had a half-dozen red roses delivered three times a week to her crypt for 20 years.

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He never married again. In the s, DiMaggio became a spokesman for Mr. Coffee and would be the face of the electric drip coffee makers for over 20 years. Coffee at the time, recruited DiMaggio for the advertising campaign. In a interview with The Columbus Dispatch , Marotta joked that "millions of kids grew up thinking Joe DiMaggio was a famous appliance salesman.

Coffee, DiMaggio rarely drank coffee due to ulcers. Coffee machines. With the exception of a five-year hiatus in the s, DiMaggio regularly made commercials for the financial institution until DiMaggio's funeral was held on March 11, , at Sts.

DiMaggio's son died that same year in August, at age At his death, The New York Times called DiMaggio's game hitting streak "perhaps the most enduring record in sports. Joe DiMaggio was the center fielder on Stein's Italian team. The event was one of DiMaggio's last public appearances before taking ill.