Brother of one of the greatest ballplayers of all time Joe Dimaggio, Dom Dimaggio has passed away at the old age of 92.
Nicknamed the Little Professor for his eyeglasses and his 5-foot-9 frame, DiMaggio spent 10 full seasons in the major leagues, all with the Red Sox. He missed three seasons (1943-1945) while serving in the Coast Guard during World War II. A member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, DiMaggio was a speedy leadoff hitter whose career average was .298. His 34-game hitting streak in 1949 remains a team record. While Joe DiMaggio was known for his bat (though he was a proficient defensive center fielder, too), Dom DiMaggio was regarded as an exceptional defensive center fielder. Joe DiMaggio said his younger brother was “the best defensive outfielder I have ever seen” and Williams called him “the best leadoff man in the American League.”