Dominic DiMaggio dies at 92

May 8th, 2009 - 9:37 pm ICT by GD  

Dominic DiMaggio passed away at his MA home at the age of 92. He had been ill for some time now. He was a seven-time All Star, and held the record for the longest successive game hitting streak in the history of Boston Red Sox.

He is survived by his wife Emily and three children, Dominic Paul, Peter and Emily.who said that the end came about 1 a.m. on Friday. DiMaggio was popularly known as the “Little Professor” because he wore eyeglasses and his huge frame.

Dom’s uninterrupted winning streak broke by elder brother Joe who caught a sinking liner in the eighth inning of a 6-3 Red Sox win over the Yankees. Joe overshadowed Dominic’s career.

Emily said that, “He was the most wonderful, warm, loving man… He adored his children, and we all adored him.”

Dom’s entire career was with the Red Sox. Some of his closest friends were Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny

Pesky. Dom was often regarded as a better defensive player than Joe though the brothers have identical career percentages.

After Dom’s playing career was over, he began a company manufacturing automobile upholstery and carpets. The company ran successfully until his retirement in 1983. Don actively participated in numerous charitable and civic causes. He always supported medical and educational institutions. He was among the trustees of St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire.

In the words of Halberstam, “Dominic DiMaggio was one of the most successful players of his generation in his post-baseball life… He had become over the years a man of means, graceful, elegant, and wise.”

The funeral arrangements will be held at Wellesley, in the St. Paul’s Church.

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