A report today confirmed that Dom DiMaggio, a seven-time all star outfielder with the Boston Red Sox, died today. He was 92 years old, and passed away at his home in Marion, Mass.
Mr. DiMaggio was the youngest and last surviving of the three DiMaggio brothers, who all played Major League baseball. The most famous was Joe DiMaggio, who is in the Hall of Fame. Oldest brother Vince played for five National League teams from 1937 to 1946.
Unlike many major leaguers who try to hang onto their stardom after playing, Mr. DiMaggio made his fortune after retirement, acquiring and expanding a company that manufactured upholstery and carpeting for the automotive industry. With a group of investors, Mr. DiMaggio bought the Delaware Valley Corporation, which supplies padding, upholstery and carpeting to the auto industry. Mr. DiMaggio ran the company until his retirement, in 1983. His son, Dominic Paul, now serves as company President.
“Dominic DiMaggio was one of the most successful players of his generation in his post-baseball life,” author David Halberstam wrote in his 2003 book ‘Teammates’, which chronicled the post-baseball lives of DiMaggio and fellow Boston Red Sox players Johnny Pesky and Hall of Famers Bobby Doerr and Ted Williams. “He had become over the years a man of means, graceful, elegant, and wise.”
Born in 1917 in San Francisco, Dom DiMaggio distinguished himself as one of the best leadoff hitters in his era. But with a lifetime average of .298, it was unlikely that he would be elected into the Hall of Fame with his more accomplished brother Joe. He was also an outstanding fielder, and was picked for the All Star team seven times. DiMaggio was known as “The Little Professor,” for his intelligence both in and out of baseball. He was the first Major League regular to wear glasses, which are on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Mr. DiMaggio is survived by his wife of 61 years, Emily, and three children; Dominic Paul, Peter and Emily. Funeral services are pending.