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Joe Dimaggio, Mantle, Mays and Snider: Only DiMaggio Knew When to Quit

DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Duke Snider rank among the greatest center fielders in baseball history.

Only Joe DiMaggio knew when to quit.

During spring training in 1951, DiMaggio hinted that he might retire following the season. Since 1947, DiMaggio had suffered a number of debilitating injuries.

DiMaggio had an operation on his left heel in 1947 to remove a three-inch bone spur.  He later had a bone spur on his right heel as well, and he played with an injured shoulder (that might pop out of its socket at any time) during the final years of his career.

The New York Yankees won the 1951 World Series, beating Bobby Thomson's New York Giants.  After the final game of that Series, DiMaggio told his teammates ...

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