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|Nickname:||Joe D / Joltin' Joe / The Yankee Clipper|
|Known for:||The First of May, The Joe DiMaggio Show, Manhattan Merry-Go-Round|
|Birth name:||Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio Jr.|
|Birthday:||25 November 1914, Martinez, California, USA|
|Height:||6' 2" (1.88 m)|
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TriviaA monument was dedicated to him in Yankee Stadium on April 25, 1999 Holds the Major League Baseball record of hitting safely in 56 consecutive games (1941). Banned the Kennedys and Rat Packers from Marilyn Monroe's funeral. The day after his 56 game hitting streak ended, DiMaggio embarked on a second streak that lasted 16 games. Had he hit in game #57, he would have had a 73 game hitting streak! Almost signed to write his memoirs with Joseph Durso, but backed out because he didn't want to talk about Marilyn Monroe. Durso went ahead and penned "DiMaggio: The Last American Knight." It was the closest DiMaggio ever came to cooperating with any of his biographers. Was sued by first wife Dorothy Arnold in June 1952 to get full custody of their son, claiming his now-girlfriend Marilyn Monroe posed a threat to the boy's morals. Suit was dismissed in February 1953. Diamond and platinum "eternity ring" DiMaggio gave to Marilyn Monroe after their marriage was auctioned by Christie's for $772,500. [27 October 1999] Died at precisely 12:12 AM EST. Vice-President of the Baltimore Orioles (1979 - 1988) First athlete in North American pro sports history to be on 4 World Championship teams in his first 4 pro seasons. In total, DiMaggio led the New York Yankees to 9 World Series titles in 13 years. Only player to hit a home run at the Polo Grounds, Ebbets Field and Yankee Stadium. Became the 1st baseball player to sign a contract for $100,000 ($70,000 base salary + bonuses). In 1950 and 1951, he signed contracts for $100,000 firm. [7 February 1949] The only recorded instance of DiMaggio exhibiting any emotion on the field was during the 1947 World Series. He kicked the dirt after Al Gionfriddo's amazing catch of an otherwise home run. American League MVP (1939, 1941, 1947). First athlete to be awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom [10 January 1977] His mother wanted him to become a bookeeper because of his proficiency in math. Linked to Marian McKnight, Lee Meriwether, Liz Renay, Cleo Moore, Marlene Dietrich, Morgan Fairchild, Dixie Evans, Gloria DeHaven, Rita Gam, and Elizabeth Vargas. But he never publicly confirmed any involvement with any woman. McKnight told an interviewer in 2005 that she was never romantically involved with DiMaggio. Named Giuseppe by his mother in the hopes that he (the 8th) would be her last child; his middle name Paolo (Paul) was in honor of Giuseppe's favorite saint, St. Paul. Dorothy Arnold converted to Catholism to marry DiMaggio. When each remarried, they were excommunicated for bigamy; this was later reversed by Vatican II. Always insisted on being introduced as "baseball's greatest living ballplayer" at any event after he had been awarded that title. Mentioned in the Simon and Garfunkel song "Mrs. Robinson." Two grandchildren, Paula Hamra and Cathy Stein (adopted by his son). Four great-grandchildren. Referenced in: South Pacific song "Bloody Mary"; Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely; Woody Guthrie's "DiMaggio Done It"; Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea; "Seinfeld" episode "The Note"; "The Simpsons" episode "'Tis the Fifteenth Season", and Boobs in the Woods (1950). Portrayed by Frank Converse in Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980) (TV), John Diehl in The Rat Pack (1998) (TV), Peter Dobson in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) (TV), Sal Landi in Marilyn and Me (1991) (TV), Bill Murray in "SCTV Network 90" (1981), and Scott Bakula in the 1983 Broadway musical "Marilyn". When he married Marilyn Monroe, the couple rented a home at 508 N. Palm Drive in Beverly Hills next to Jean Harlow's last home.