May 8, 2009

Baseball’s Dom DiMaggio dead at 92

Dominic DiMaggio, a seven-time all-star for the Boston Red Sox, died Friday at the age of 92, the team announced.

Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry said DiMaggio, who played for the Boston club for for 11 seasons, died of complications from pneumonia at his home in Marion, Mass.

Dom DiMaggio was a beloved member of the Red Sox organization for almost 70 years, Henry said. Even after his playing days, Dom's presence at Fenway Park together with his teammates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Johnny Pesky on numerous occasions reminded us all of a glorious Red Sox era of years past.

Pesky remembered DiMaggio, a center fielder whose brother Joe earned fame with the New York Yankees, and brother Vince also played in the big leagues, as both a great friend and player.

Dom and I played together for 10 years and he certainly deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, Pesky said.

DiMaggio batted .298 in 1,399 games, hitting 87 home runs with 618 RBI.

He is survived by his wife, Emily; two sons, a daughter and and six grandchildren.