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Timeline of Joe DiMaggio's  Life index.html index_2.html index_3.html
1936 May: On May 3, DiMaggio goes 3 for 6 in his first game with the Yankees. He will hit 29 home runs for the season, still a New York Yankee rookie record.

July: At Boston’s old Braves Field, DiMaggio becomes the first rookie ever to play in an All-Star game.

October: In his rookie season, DiMaggio takes the Yankees to the World Series. He hits a scorching .346 in his first World Series against the Giants and the Yankees are again baseball champions, the first time since 1932.
1937 June: Heavyweight fighter Joe Louis beats heavyweight champion Jim Braddock to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.
1938 April: DiMaggio holds out to receive a higher salary than the $25,000 he is offered -- and eventually accepts. In his first game back, Yankee fans boo his every move. Says DiMaggio: "You would have thought I kidnapped the Lindbergh baby."
1939 May: Lou Gehrig benches himself "for the good of the team" after playing in 2,130 consecutive games. An examination at the Mayo Clinic reveals he is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nerve disease. On July 4, at Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, the contented Iron Horse tells the crowd: "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

November: DiMaggio marries actress Dorothy Arnold. More than 20,000 fans mob the San Francisco cathedral to get a glimpse of America’s former Number One Bachelor. She is 21; DiMaggio is six days shy of 25.
1941 May 14: DiMaggio goes hitless in a 4-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He won’t have another hitless game for more than two months running.

June: Lou Gehrig dies.

July: On the second day of July, DiMaggio homers off Dick Newsome of the Boston Red Sox, breaking the major league consecutive game hitting streak of 44 set by Willie Keeler in 1897.

July: On the 17th of July, DiMaggio goes hitless. His hitting streak is finished at 56 games. "Well," says DiMaggio after the game. "I’m glad it’s over."

October: On October 23, Dorothy gives birth to Joe Jr., 10 days after Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) is born in Newark, New Jersey.
1943 February: DiMaggio enlists in the U.S. Army in San Francisco. He spends much of his time playing baseball and shuffling in and out of hospitals to treat his ulcer. He will miss three seasons during the prime of his career.

October: Dorothy Arnold files for divorce. "We had a home," Dorothy says later. "But he was never there." Her divorce is granted in early 1944. She receives $500 a month in alimony and $150 in child support.
1945 September: DiMaggio is discharged from the Army.
1947 Jackie RobinsonApril: On April 15, Jackie Robinson takes the field to play first base at Ebbets Field for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He becomes the first black man in modern baseball history to play in a major league game. Brooklynites yell "Jackie, Jackie, Jackie," cheering the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of a slave.

September: The first World Series is seen on television. The game is broadcast from Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees are hosting the National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees win the series 4-3.
1948 June: Babe Ruth, dying from throat cancer, makes his last appearance at Yankee Stadium. The fans roar as he walks out to home plate using a baseball bat as a cane.
1949 February: DiMaggio signs baseball’s first $100,000-a-year contract.

June: DiMaggio re-enters the line-up after having not swung a bat for over two months. He hits a remarkable four homers in three games against the Red Sox to help the Yankees clinch the pennant.
1950 June: On June 18, Rosalie DiMaggio dies of throat cancer. This comes after the loss of DiMaggio’s father less than a year earlier.
1951 October: Joe Louis is knocked out by heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the eighth round of their heavyweight championship fight. Louis’ career is over.

October: The Yankees beat the Giants in the World Series, four games to two. In the second game, in the fifth inning, a fly ball is driven deep between center and right field. The rookie races for the shot, but is waved off by DiMaggio, who catches the fly. The rookie’s spike catches on the cover of a drain in the grass. His knee tears. The rookie’s name is Mickey Mantle.

December: DiMaggio, 37, announces his retirement. "I just don’t have it anymore," he says.
1952 Ernest Hemingway publishes "Old Man and the Sea," a story of an old fisherman battling a fish. He writes, "Do you believe the great DiMaggio would stay with a fish as long as I will stay with this one?. . . I am sure he would because he is young and strong. Also, his father was a fisherman."
1954 January: Two years after going out on a blind date, DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe are married at San Francisco City Hall on January 14. It is the second marriage for both partners.

October: After only nine months of marriage, DiMaggio and Monroe divorce.
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