Little Johnny Strikeout
Joe DiMaggio and Bill Terry
Music by Billy May with The Starlighters
Total Time: 11:25
Giuseppe Paulo “Joe” DiMaggio; November 25, 1914 – March 8, 1999), nicknamed “Joltin’ Joe” and “The Yankee Clipper,” was an American Major League Baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15–July 16, 1941), a record that still stands. DiMaggio was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
DiMaggio was a three-time MVP winner and 13-time All-Star (the only player to be selected for the All-Star Game in every season he played). In his thirteen year career the Yankees won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships.
At the time of his retirement, he had the fifth-most career home runs (361) and sixth-highest slugging percentage (.579) in history. A 1969 poll conducted to coincide with the centennial of professional baseball voted him the sport’s greatest living player.
Joe DiMaggio was the middle of three brothers who each became major league center fielders, the others being Vince and Dom.