Happy 99th Anniversary: The birth of Joe DiMaggio
Monday would have been the 99th birthday of Hall of Famer and all-time great Joe DiMaggio.
Many work days -- especially in the offseason -- I check the historical registers for big events in baseball history, including birthdays. Some days there's something that catches my eye enough to wind up in this space, and Monday is one of those days. It is Nov. 25, 2013. Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio was born on Nov. 25, 1914. So he would have been 99 years old today.
Here's DiMaggio's Hall of Fame video biography:
Known as either "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio" or "The Yankee Clipper," DiMaggio is widely and rightfully regarded as one of the best hitters in the history of baseball.
His career in the majors was only 13 seasons, due in part to missing three years for military service during World War II -- his age-28 through age-30 seasons, too, so those were prime years.
Still, DiMaggio ended up hitting .325/.398/.579 (155 OPS+) with 389 doubles, 361 homers, 1,537 RBI and 2,214 total hits. He won three MVPs and -- you ready for this? -- nine World Series rings. Yes, in 13 years. There's also that record 56-game hitting streak on the stellar resume.
DiMaggio passed away on March 8, 1999 at the age of 84.