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 center fielder. DiMaggio played for the New York Yankees during every season of his 13-year career, 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”.
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