Dominic Paul DiMaggio was born on February 12, 1917 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.
Dom was nicknamed “The Little Professor”, and was an American Major League Baseball center fielder. He played his entire 11-year baseball career for the Boston Red Sox (1940–1953). DiMaggio was the youngest of three brothers who each became major league center fielders, the others being Joe and Vince.
Much like his older brother did in ’41, Dom built a hit streak of his own in ’49. The hitting streak grew to 34 games before it was ended when his brother made a great catch in Dom’s final at-bat on Aug. 9. His 34-game hitting streak is still a Red Sox record.
In 1959, DiMaggio joined forces with nine other New Englanders, led by Billy Sullivan, to found and capitalize a Boston American football team that debuted in 1960 as the AFL’s Boston Patriots.