Number Two: Dom DiMaggio
Unfortunately, I do not have an image that I am permitted to use of the great Dom DiMaggio, nonetheless, he is still, without question, the second greatest Red Sox player not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
While he may not have had a career like his older brother Joe’s, Dom made his mark on the game and was one of the premier players of his time. DiMaggio, after his first three seasons (two of which he was an All-Star), left MLB to serve in the military for three years during his prime. Even though he missed these three years, DiMaggio recorded numbers that, while not as good as his brother Joe’s, earned him seven All-Star selections in center field.
During his eleven years with the Red Sox, Dom, nicknamed “The Little Professor,” hit 1,680 hits, 618 RBIs, and recorded a .298 batting average. He twice led the league in runs scored and, in 1950, led the league with 11 triples and 15 stolen bases. An excellent lead-off man and contact hitter, many believe that Dom should be with his brother in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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