“A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.” — Joe DiMaggio, Three-Time Major League Baseball MVP Award Winner and Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame —
Three-time Major League Baseball MVP Award winner Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from the sport on this day in 1951. Nicknamed "Joltin' Joe”, the Italian DiMaggio was a major slugger on the field, notching 361 career home runs in addition to being an excellent defensive player as center fielder. DiMaggio played for the New York Yankees during every season of his 13-year career in the MLB, leading his team to nine World Series victories. The ballplayer’s marriages to Hollywood starlets Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Arnold made him tabloid fodder for decades, earning him almost as much notoriety off the baseball field than as "The Yankee Clipper”. Starting on May 15, 1941, DiMaggio began a record-breaking 56-game hitting streak that still stands nearly 80 years later, an achievement deemed to be a statistical near-impossibility. After retiring at the relatively young age of 37, DiMaggio was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955, cementing his status one of the sport’s all-time greats.