American hero Joe DiMaggio, baseball’s legendary “Yankee Clipper,” died shortly after midnight today at his home in Harbour Island FL after a six-month battle with lung cancer. DiMaggio, who in 13 seasons led the New York Yankees to 10 American League pennants and nine World Series, was 84. His body will be flown to San Francisco, his childhood hometown, for burial.
- Perhaps best known for his remarkable 56-game hitting streak in 1941 (no other player in major league history has hit in more than 44 consecutive games), Joltin’ Joe spent his entire major league career (1936-1951, with a 3-year interruption for an Army stint) with the Yankees. He was voted American League MVP three times, AL batting champ twice (in ’39 and ’40), AL home run champ twice (’37 and ’48), and finished his career with 361 lifetime home runs, 1,527 RBIs and a career batting average of .325. For a remembrance of Joe DiMaggio, click here.