- John R. M. Wilson
DiMaggio, Joe (25 November 1914–09 March 1999), baseball player, was born Joseph Paul DiMaggio in Martinez, California, the son of Giuseppe Paulo DiMaggio, a fisherman, and Rosalie DiMaggio (maiden name unknown). He was the fourth of five sons and the eighth of nine children of immigrants who came from Sicily in 1898 and shortly after his birth settled in San Francisco's predominantly Italian North Beach area. Two brothers fished with their father, while Vince, Joe, and Dominic DiMaggio all became major league center fielders. After Joe dropped out of high school, having attended for one year, his brother Vince got him a tryout, and he signed to play baseball with the San Francisco Seals in the Pacific Coast League....