BoSox Star Dom DiMaggio Dead at 92

All-Star excelled in the shadow of brother Joe and Ted Williams
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2009 11:11 AM CDT
Dom DiMaggio of the Boston Red Sox, left, and his brother Joe, of the New York Yankees, are shown in this 949 file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Dom DiMaggio, the talented younger brother of Joltin’ Joe, died today at the age of 92, the Boston Globe reports. The former Red Sox center fielder went to the All-Star Game seven times in his 11-year career, and earned accolades from his contemporaries. Ted Williams called DiMaggio “the best leadoff man in the American League,” and Joe DiMaggio called Dominic “the best defensive outfielder I’ve ever seen.”

Late author David Halberstam considered DiMaggio “probably the most underrated player of his day.” The diminutive “Little Professor”—so named both for his glasses and scholarly demeanor—took three seasons off to serve in the Navy in World War II, and is remembered fondly by fans and by his wife and children.