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  •   Key Dates in the Life of Joe DiMaggio

    SportsTicker
    Monday March 8, 1999; 8:45 p.m. EST

    Nov. 25, 1914 – Born Joseph Paul DiMaggio in Martinez, California.

    April 1932 – Begins professional baseball career with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.

    Nov. 21, 1934 – Purchased by New York Yankees from San Francisco Seals.

    May 3, 1936 – Collects three hits in major-league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    June 24, 1936 – Ties three ML records in New York's 10-run fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox, hitting two HRs for eight total bases. With two doubles, he equals the modern record of four extra-base hits in a game, since broken.

    June 13, 1937 – Hits three homers in a game against the Browns in St. Louis.

    July 9, 1937 – Hits for the cycle against the Washington Senators at Yankee Stadium.

    Aug. 28, 1938 – Ties a ML record with three triples in a game against St. Louis. No Yankee has had three triples in one game since.

    Nov. 6, 1938 – Joins brothers Vince and Dom as the three DiMaggio brothers play together for the first time, making up an outfield for an all-star team in a West Coast charity game.

    Oct. 24, 1939 – Voted American League most valuable player with Jimmie Foxx the runner-up, in the BBWAA poll.

    Nov. 19, 1939 – Marries actress Dorothy Arnold.

    May 15, 1941 – Singles once in four at-bats against Ed Smith of the Chicago White Sox to start his 56-game hitting streak.

    June 17, 1941 – Credited with a hit in his 30th consecutive game when an easy grounder to shortstop bounces up and hits Luke Appling on the shoulder.

    June 29, 1941 – Singles against Washington knuckleballer Dutch Leonard in the sixth inning in the opener of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler's AL consecutive-game hit record of 41. Collects a seventh-inning single off of Walt Masterson in the second game to set the record at 42 games.

    July 1, 1941 – Hits safely in both games of a doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox to extend the streak to 44 games, tying "Wee" Willie Keeler's major-league record.

    June 2, 1941 – Homers off Boston's Dick Newsome to break Keeler's record.

    July 17, 1941 – The streak comes to a halt in Cleveland as Indians pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby, with the help of third baseman Ken Keltner, hold DiMaggio hitless.

    Nov. 27, 1941 – Named AL MVP for the second time in his career as his 56-game hitting streak edges out Ted Williams and his .406 batting average by a margin of 291-254 in the voting.

    Feb. 17, 1943 – Enlists in the U.S. Army and spends the next two years playing for touring military teams.

    Nov. 27, 1947 – Named the AL MVP for a third time, setting off a controversy. Edges Williams, the Triple Crown winner, by a single point as Williams is left off one ballot.

    May 20, 1948 – Hits for the cycle for the second time in his career at Chicago.

    May 23, 1948 – Hits three consecutive homers against Cleveland, two off future Hall of Famer Bob Feller.

    Feb. 7, 1949 – Becomes the first player to earn six figures after signing a $100,000 contract.

    March 2, 1949 – Leaves spring training camp to have an ailing right heel examined at Johns Hopkins hospital.

    June 28, 1949 – Returns to action after missing the first 69 games of the season due to the heel injury and homers and singles in a 6-4 victory at Boston. Hits four homers in the three-game series.

    June 21, 1950 – Records his 2,000th hit, a seventh-inning single off Chick Pieretti of the Indians in an 8-2 victory.

    Aug. 11, 1950 – Stuck in a 4-for-38 slump and batting just .279 on the year, DiMaggio is benched for the first time in his career.

    Sept. 10, 1950 – Becomes the first player to hit three homers in one game at Washington's Griffith Stadium as the Yankees beat the Senators, 8-1.

    July 8, 1951 – Replaced in center field by Jackie Jensen in the second inning after a misplay in the first. The incident fuels a growing rift between DiMaggio and manager Casey Stengel which will ultimately lead to his retirement.

    Dec. 12, 1951 – Officially retires at the age of 37 with 361 HRs and a career average of .325 in 13 seasons.

    April 1952 – His uniform No. 5 is retired in a ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

    Jan. 14, 1954 – Marries actress Marilyn Monroe

    Oct. 27, 1954 – Marriage to Monroe ends in divorce.

    July 1955 – Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    June 8, 1969 – A plaque is dedicated in his honor in Yankee Stadium's Monument Park.

    Sept. 27, 1998 – Makes last appearance at Yankee Stadium on "Joe DiMaggio Day."

    Oct. 12, 1998 – Admitted to Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.

    March 8, 1999 – Dies at of 84 in Hollywood, Fla.

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