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Name: Joe DiMaggio                                                                 
Born: November 25, 1914                                                             
Died: March 8, 1999 (aged 84)                                                       
Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. (November 25, 1914 -       
March 8, 1999), nicknamed Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper, was a Major League   
Baseball center fielder who played his entire MLB career (1936-1951) for the New   
York Yankees. He was the brother of Vince DiMaggio and Dom DiMaggio. He was born   
in Martinez, California, and moved to San Francisco at one year old.               
A 3-time MVP winner and 13-time All-Star who was widely hailed for his             
accomplishment on both offense and defense, as well as for the grace with which     
he played the game; at the time of his retirement at age 36, he had the fifth-most 
career home runs (361) and sixth-highest slugging percentage (.579) in history.     
He is also the only player in baseball history to be selected for the All-Star     
Game in every season he played.                                                     
A "picture-perfect" player, DiMaggio achieved a 56-game hitting streak (May 15 -   
July 16, 1941) that has been called the top American sport feat of all time         
After going hitless for one game, DiMaggio hit in the next 16 consecutive games,   
for a total of 72 out of 73. A 1969 poll conducted to coincide with the             
centennial of professional baseball voted him the sport's greatest living player.