Friday, May 8, 2009

RIP Dom DiMaggio

Former Boston Red Sox All-Star Dominic "Dom" DiMaggio died this morning at the age of 92. Dom was the last surviving member of the trio of DiMaggios who roamed major league outfields beginning when older brother Joe's Hall of Fame career started with the New York Yankees in 1936 and ending with Dom in 1953 in Boston. Older brother Vince, also an All-Star, played 10 seasons in the National League.dom
Dom hit .298 over the course of his eleven year career which began in 1940 and saw him selected to seven All-Star teams. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II. The loss of those three years may have cost Dom his own election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dom was prominently featured in the book "Teammates" by renowned author David Halberstam. The book details the friendship between former teammates Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom. Like all of Mr. Halberstam's works, it is a read that is well worth your time. I had the good fortune to see Dom interviewed when the book was released in addition to features on ESPN and ESPN Classic about Ted, Joe and/or the Boston-New York rivalry. From all accounts, Dom was a true gentleman who was widely admired.
If you are a prayerful person, please remember Dom's family and friends and take a moment or two today to be grateful for the presence of a good man. Baseball lost a good one today. RIP Dom.

For a more detailed story on Dom, please visit either ESPN.com or the New York Times.

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