Red Sox Legend, Dom DiMaggio Passes Away

An article by posted on May 8, 2009

The Associated Press is reporting that Dom DiMaggio has passed away.

DiMaggio, a seven-time All Star who still holds the record for the longest consecutive game hitting streak in Boston Red Sox history, has died at his Massachusetts home. He was 92.

DiMaggio, the brother of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio, died at about about 1 a.m. on Friday, according to his wife, Emily.

Dom was the youngest of three brothers who each became major league center fielders. Vince DiMaggio played for five National League teams in his career.

Dom was one of the few major leaguers who wore glasses, and his nickname (“Little Professor”) was a perfect fit.

Although he wasn’t as celebrated as his brother Joe, or teammate Ted Williams, during the years he played, he led the major leagues in hits, was second in runs and third in doubles.

His 34-game hitting streak in 1949 is still a Red Sox record to this day.

The year 1950 was certainly Dom DiMaggio’s finest season. He hit a career high .328, scored a league leading 131 runs, rapped out 193 hits, led the league with 15 stolen bases.  The 15 steals were the lowest total ever to lead either of the Major Leagues in a single season.

His Wikipedia page says,

 An effective leadoff hitter, he batted .300 four times and led the American League in runs twice and in triples and stolen bases once each. He also led the AL in assists three times and in putouts and double plays twice each; he tied a league record by recording 400 putouts four times, and his 1948 totals of 503 putouts and 526 total chances stood as AL records for nearly thirty years.

During an interview in 2007 with the Boston Globe, Dom said:

“I’m that last one of the 11. We all must go. I luckily survived. Not much fun, though, I’ll tell you that. But I’ve had truly a fabulous life. I have no complaints.”

Rest in peace, Dom…

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