Joe DiMaggio was born in 1914 and Martinez, California. in 1931 Joe dropped out of high school and started playing semipro baseball. In 1934, the New York Yankees signed DiMaggio to play in the minor leagues. By 1936, the Yankees brought DiMaggio up to play baseball in the major leagues. Joe led the league in batting in the 1939 and 1940 seasons. Joe played out the older the N.Y. to Yankees for 16 years from 1936 to 1951. Joe was named the American League's most viable player three times during his career in 1939 1941 and 1947. In 1941, he set a major league record by hitting in 56 straight games. Joe DiMaggio retired from baseball in 1951.