1. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak , a record that still stands.
2. DiMaggio was a three-time MVP winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons.
3. During his tenure with the Yankees, the club won ten American League pennants and nine World Series championships.
4. At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career home runs .
5. DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California, the eighth of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Giuseppe .
6. He was delivered by a midwife identified on his birth certificate as Mrs. J. Pico.
7. The family moved to nearby San Francisco when Joe was a year old.
8. Giuseppe was a fisherman, as were generations of DiMaggios before him.
9. After four years, he earned enough money to send to Italy for Rosalia and their daughter, who was born after he had left for the United States.
10. DiMaggio was playing semi-pro ball when older brother Vince DiMaggio, playing for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League , talked his manager into letting DiMaggio fill in at shortstop.
11. “Getting a daily hit became more important to me than eating, drinking or sleeping.”
12. In 1934, DiMaggio suffered a career-threatening knee injury when he tore ligaments while stepping out of a jitney.
13. Scout Bill Essick of the New York Yankees, convinced that the injury would heal, pestered his club to give him another look.