Red Sox great Dom DiMaggio dies at 92

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Former Boston Red Sox center fielder Dominic Paul ‘Dom’ DiMaggio died early Friday at his Massachusetts home. He was 92 years old.

According to MLB.com, DiMaggio died at about 1 a.m. ET surrounded by his family. A cause of death was not immediately known but his wife, Emily, said that he had been ill lately.

Dom is the youngest of the three famous baseball-playing brothers. His older brother Joe is one of the sport’s greatest players whose 56-game hitting streak is a record that still stands.

A seven-time All-Star, Dom spent his major league career in Boston, playing for the Sox from 1940 to 1942, then from 1946 to 1953.  He was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1995.

DiMaggio had a lifetime batting average of .298. He scored more than 100 runs seven times, twice leading the American League in that category. He helped the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series, which they lost in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals.