Ted Williams called Joe DiMaggio the greatest player he ever saw. He is also the best Major League Baseball athlete to ever wear the jersey number 5.
Williams also said that DiMaggio's career couldn't be summed up in numbers and awards. True as that statement may be, DiMaggio also had some impressive achievements. Over a 13 year major league career he had:
- 361 home runs
- 1,537 RBI
- 1,390 runs
- .325 batting average
- 389 doubles
- 3 AL MVP awards (1939, 1941 and 1947)
DiMaggio was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955. He was a 13 time All-Star, a 9 time World Series champion and his record of 56 consecutive games with a hit still stands. Some say that his consecutive games with a hit record will be the most difficult record to ever be broken.
Did you know......that Joe batted .381 in 1939?