Joseph Paul DiMaggio Jr., also known as Joe “The Yankee Clipper” DiMaggio played in his first baseball game with the major league on May 3, 1936 at age 21. Playing with the New York Yankees in the historic game was against the St. Louis Browns, DiMaggio had three hits contributed to the 14-5 win. As his rookie year progressed, he proved that The Yankees would be starting a new era since the team lost Babe Ruth two years earlier. He went on to hit 29 home runs, 206 hits, and managed to score 132 times out of his 637 at bats. His batting average for the year was .323. He had a chance to receive the Rookie of the Year award, but a foot injury prevented him from starting the season on time.
His three years of military service in World War II prevented him from playing in the 1943, 44 and 45 seasons. His number, nine, which he wore every season except his first is displayed next to his plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he was inducted in 1955. He also had his number retired by the New York Yankees in 1951. His outstanding leadership helped lead the team to nine world championships and it also made him one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
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