Joe DiMaggio , born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr.(November 25, 1914 - March 8, 1999), nicknamed Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper, was an Italian American center fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career (1936 - 1951) for the New York Yankees.
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, he retired at age 36 with the 5th-most career home runs (361) and 6th-highest slugging percentage (.579) in history. In a 1969 poll conducted in New York to coincide with the centennial of professional baseball, he was voted the sport's greatest living player.
A "picture-perfect" player, many rate his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 - July 16, 1941) as the top baseball feat of all time. His older brother Vince and younger brother Dom DiMaggio were also major leaguer center fielders: Vince was a 2-time National League All-Star; Dom was a 7-time All-Star who played his entire 11-year career for the Boston Red Sox.