A History of Athletes Retiring as Champions

Joe DiMaggio

Career years: 1936-1951
Accolades: Nine-time World Series champion (1936-39, 1941, 1947, 1949-1951), three-time AL MVP (1939, 1941, 1947), 13-time All-Star (1936-1942, 1946-1951), MLB record 56-game hitting streak, Pro Baseball Hall of Fame (1955)
Last stand: 1951 World Series Game 6, Oct. 10, 1951,Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y.: NY Yankees 4 NY Giants 3

The "Yankee Clipper" really couldn't go out any other way but with a World Series victory. When DiMaggio's Yankees won the chip in 1951 it was their third consecutive Fall Classic, and Joltin' Joe's ninth of his career. A career .325 hitter and three-time AL MVP, DiMaggio was one of the greatest to ever play the game. His nine rings and MLB record 56-game hitting streak highlighted a career that most Major Leaguers could only dream about.

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