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Leading Off Joe DiMaggio, 1914-1999


B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY CORBIS Singular SensationDiMaggio, shown here rapping a single against the Washington Senators in Griffith Stadium in 1938, was a reluctant celebrity hounded by photographers off the field...and on (page 52).

TWO B/W PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CORBIS Although they'd been divorced for nine months, DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were all smiles at the New York premiere of The Seven Year Itch on June 1, 1955. At Old-Timers' Day five years later, DiMaggio, perhaps the most popular Yankee of all time, was still the center of attention.

B/W PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY AP DiMaggio displayed his usual impeccable form in sliding past Cincinnati Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi to score the tying run in the ninth inning of the fourth and final game of the Yankees' sweep of the 1939 World Series.