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Giuseppe hoped that his five sons would become fishermen.Di Maggio recalled that he would do anything to get out of cleaning his father's boat, as the smell of dead fish nauseated him.I was full of aches and pains and it had become a chore for me to play.When baseball is no longer fun, it's no longer a game, and so, I've played my last game.In the September 1949 issue of SPORT, Hank Greenberg said that Di Maggio covered so much ground in center field that the only way to get a hit against the Yankees was "to hit 'em where Joe wasn't." Di Maggio also stole home five times in his career.
Widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, he is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.
At the time of his retirement after the 1951 season, he ranked fifth in career home runs (361) and sixth in career slugging percentage (.579).
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955, and was voted the sport's greatest living player in a poll taken during the baseball centennial year of 1969.
"Getting a daily hit became more important to me than eating, drinking or sleeping." In 1934, Di Maggio suffered a career-threatening knee injury when he tore ligaments while stepping out of a jitney.
Scout Bill Essick of the New York Yankees, convinced that the injury would heal, pestered his club to give him another look.