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Joe DiMaggio

November 2020 Italian American of the Month

Born as Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio in Martinez, California on November 25, 1914, Joe DiMaggio was the fourth son, and eighth child of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Guiseppe and Rosalie DiMaggio. The couple had traveled to America in 1898, leaving behind the community of Isola delle Femmine off the coast of Sicily and the waters where the DiMaggios had been fishermen for generations.

DiMaggio’s father, Guiseppe, brought his family from Italy to the Martinez fishing community and then later, when Joe was one-year-old, to the Italian neighborhood North Beach in San Francisco in hopes of better fishing and an improved way of life for the family.

Because of the family business’s span over generations, Guiseppe hoped his sons would go with tradition and join him as fishermen. While Joe’s older brothers, Tom and Michael, followed in their father’s footsteps, Joe was uninterested. His disdain for the smell of dead fish and his desire to do anything to get out of cleaning the fishing boat did not go over well with Guiseppe, who was known to insult Joe with words like “good for nothing.” Two of Joe’s brothers Dom and Vince also became Professional Baseball players with respectable careers.

Joe was a New York Yankee his entire Career
Dom was a Boston Red Sox his entire Career
Vince played for many teams – Boston Bees, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants. Read More

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