Dom DiMaggio died peacefully today at his Massachusetts home while watching a replay of the Red Sox with his son Dominic Jr. Born in 1917, he was 92 years old. Dom was the youngest of the three DiMaggio brothers (the others being Joe and Vince) who played professional baseball on competing teams during the 1940’s -50’s. Dom DiMaggio was called “The Little Professor” due to his stature and glasses. He played for the Boston Red Sox during his entire career, starting in center field at the age of 21.
If he hadn’t missed 3 seasons while serving in the Navy during World War II, Dom DiMaggio may well have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. A 7-time All-Star, he led the American League in assists three times and twice in both double-plays and put-outs. He also tied an American League record by recording at least 400 put-outs four times. During various seasons DiMaggio led the American League in games played, at bats, plate appearances, runs, triples and hit by pitches. He holds the Red Sox club record for the longest hitting streak which was set in 1949 at 34 games, ended by his brother Joe who made a web-gem catch during a Red Sox-Yankees game.
Dom DiMaggio had close friendships with Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky and was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995.
Who hits the ball and makes it go?
Who runs the bases fast, not slow?
Who’s better than his brother Joe?