May 1936

US and World Events plus Additional Resources


On May 3, 1936, NY Yankee player Joe DiMaggio made his major-league debut. He got three hits in his first game and went on to have a long career with the Yankees. “The Yankee Clipper,” earned his nickname through his patrols of center field. According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, DiMaggio played from 1936 to 1951 and was lauded for the following achievements: he had two home runs in one inning in 1936 and three home runs in one game (three times) in his career; he played safely in 56 consecutive games for a (still standing) Major League record in 1941; he played in 10 world series games and he was most valuable player for the American League in 1939, 1941, and 1947. He was widely regarded as a hero and cultural icon throughout his career.