Where Have You Gone, Dom DiMaggio?
The "Little Professor" died peacefully yesterday, reportedly while watching a replay of the Indians v. Red Sox game.
A lifetime .298 hitter, DiMaggio was one of the greatest centerfielders to play for the Red Sox; and, his 34-game hitting streak in 1949 remains a Red Sox record. He was known for his great arm, tremendous range, and capacity to read the batter. Indeed, Ted Williams, DiMaggio's partner in the outfield, noted that he and DiMaggio had a deal that DiMaggio would get every ball that he could. (Even Ted Williams followed the "Rule of Nine.")
The 5'9", 168 pound DiMaggio joined his brothers, Vince and Joe in professional baseball, where he enjoyed a ten-year career. DiMaggio later went on to not marry Marilyn Monroe or be remembered in a Simon and Garfunkel song. Instead, he was a founding partner of the Boston (later New England) Patriots and a successful Boston businessman. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Emily, and three children, Dominic Paul, Peter and Emily. Oh, and of all of the citizens of Red Sox Nation.
God bless you, Dominic DiMaggio.