Joe DiMaggio 1914-1999
I have been reading The DiMaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion For Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream by Tom Clavin. I am only about 52 percent through with the book, but the book has made me curious about their stats. I know Joe has the better numbers and is only Hall of Famer of the three brothers, but Dom and Vince DiMaggio also were good players.
Lifetime Statistics of Joe, Dominic and Vince DiMaggio
Major League Debuts
Joe – May 3, 1936 at age of 21
Vince – April 19, 1937 at age of 24
Dom – April 16, 1940 at age of 23
Joe – 13…. Joe not only missed 3 years during World War II, but also played in less than 140 games in 8 of his 13 seasons.
Dom – 11…. Dom also missed 3 years due to World War II.
Vince – 10
Joe and Dom both missed three full seasons during World War II, while Vince played baseball during the war.
Rosalia DiMaggio, Joe, Giuseppe DiMaggio and Joe at Dominic’s wedding.
Joe – 7,673
Dom – 6,478
Vince – 4,31
Joe – 2,214
Dom – 1,680
Vince – 959
Dominic DiMaggio 1917-2009
Joe – 361
Dom – 87
Vince – 125
Runs Batted In
Joe – 1,537
Dom – 618
Vince – 584
Vince, Joe and Dominic DiMaggio
Joe – 30
Dom – 100…. Dom led the AL in stolen bases in 1950 with 15.
Vince – 79
Joe – 369…. Joe never struck out more than 39 times in a season.
Dom – 571…. Dom never struck out more than 68 times in a season.
Vince – 837…. Vince led the NL in strikeouts 6 times, with him leading the NL in 1944 with only 83 strikeouts.
This photo is probably the last photo of all three DiMaggio brothers, with Vince, Dominic and Joe appearing at an old timers game in 1986. Vince died on October 3, 1986 at the age of 74, due to cancer ending his life.
Base on Balls
Joe – 790
Dom – 750…. Dom had only 40 less walks than Joe, even though Joe had 1,195 more plate appearances.
Vince – 412
Joe – .325
Dom – .298
Vince – .249
Vince DiMaggio 1912-1986
On Base Percentage
Joe – .398
Dom – .383
Vince – .324
Joe – .579
Dom – .419
Vince – .413
On Base Plus Slugging Percentage
Joe – .977
Dom – .802
Joe – 153
Dom – 147
Vince – 131
Totals For All Three Brothers
Home Runs – 573
RBI – 2,739
There may be some two brother combinations with better numbers, but doubt any other three brothers combination posted these kind of numbers.
Hall of Fame
Joe – Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 with 88.8 percent of the vote on his fourth try.
Dom – Peaked at 11.3 percent of vote in 1973.
Vince – Never on the ballot.
All Star Games
Joe – All Star in all of his 13 seasons…. Joe also won 3 AL MVP awards in 1939, 1941 and 1947.
Dom – All Star 7 times.
Vince – All Star twice.
From the Book – There is a great story in the book, about the father of the family, who wasn’t impressed with his sons playing baseball, so he would throw the spikes and glove belonging to Vince in the trash. His mom would retrieve them and give them back to Vince
However, the father suddenly changed his mind about baseball, when Vince placed $1,500 on the table. His dad was OK with baseball after he found out, that ball players actually were making money.
It was interesting to find out that some Pacific Coast League teams were paying their players the same minimum salary, that was being paid to major league players that year.
Joe was not cut out for the family fishing business, because he would throw up from being around the fish on the boat.
Summary – Joe was clearly the best of the three DiMaggio brothers, who played major league baseball, but they all left their mark in baseball history, with all three having played in All Star games. All three were almost exclusively center fielders during their careers. Joe was not the same player after the war. In fact his last season before military service saw his establish career lows at the time in home runs, runs batted in and batting average. It was even worse after his return from the military at the age of 31. He hit more than 30 home runs twice in his last 6 seasons, and he drove in 100 or more runs twice in the last 6 seasons.
Joe, Dominic and Vince may be gone now, but they left an indelible mark on baseball history, that will always be with fans who lived during that era.