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RIP Dom DiMaggio

Postby thedude » Fri May 08, 2009 10:15 am

Dominic DiMaggio, the bespectacled Boston Red Sox center fielder who was overshadowed by his older brother Joe's spectacular career, died early Friday. He was 92.


DiMaggio was a seven-time baseball All Star who still holds the record for the longest consecutive game hitting streak in Boston Red Sox history.

Known as the "Little Professor" because of his eyeglasses and 5-foot-9 (1.75 m), 168-pound (76 kg) frame, DiMaggio hit safely in 34 consecutive games in 1949. The streak was broken on Aug. 9 when his big brother caught a sinking line drive in the eighth inning of a 6-3 Red Sox win over the New York Yankees.

The younger DiMaggio also had a 27-game hitting streak in 1951, which still ranks as the fifth longest in Red Sox history.



He was a career .298 hitter with 87 home runs, while Joe was a .325 career hitter with 361 homers. Dom's baseball career was interrupted for three years (1943-45) by World War II when he served in the Navy, a military obligation that may have cost him induction into the Hall of Fame.

On June 30, 1950, Dom and Joe DiMaggio homered in the same game, the first time brothers had hit homers in the same game in the majors in 15 years. They played in the outfield together in three All-Star games.

Dom played a pivotal role in Game 7 of the 1946 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, a heartbreaker for Boston fans. He batted in two runs in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3, but he injured his leg while running the bases and was replaced in center field by Leon Culberson for the ninth.


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Re: RIP Dom DiMaggio

Postby soxfan364 » Fri May 08, 2009 10:28 am

A classy guy... I remember him at a Pawtucket Red Sox game, the PawSox brought him and I think Pesky and Bobby Doerr to talk about the book The Teammates.
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Re: RIP Dom DiMaggio

Postby Carnac » Fri May 08, 2009 11:02 am

The Little Professor will be missed. Everything I have read about him said he was a class act.
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Re: RIP Dom DiMaggio

Postby djack909 » Fri May 08, 2009 12:26 pm

We used to sing in Boston. "He's better than his brother Joe, Dominic Dimaggio"
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Re: RIP Dom DiMaggio

Postby thedude » Sat May 09, 2009 2:04 pm

:,-( Rest in peace.
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Re: RIP Dom DiMaggio

Postby Another Blown Save » Sat May 09, 2009 4:15 pm

RIP

when it came to fielding, he was probably better than Joe.
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