On December 11, 1951, Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement. “The Yankee Clipper” ends his career with a batting average of .325 and 361 home runs.
“I can no longer produce for my ballclub, my manager, my teammates, and my fans the sort of baseball their loyalty to me deserves.” – Joe DiMaggio.
At the Yankees’ Fifth Avenue suite in the Squibb Tower, a tearful Joe DiMaggio, two weeks after his 37th birthday, announces to the press his decision to retire from baseball. The Bronx Bomber outfielder, claiming he “no longer has it” due to age and injuries, ends his thirteen-year career rejecting owner Dan Topping’s $100,000 offer to play next season.