Yankees All-Time Greatest Rookie Seasons

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Joe DiMaggio

The Yankees got a pretty decent return on the $8,500 salary they paid the rookie Joe DiMaggio. The 21-year-old future Hall of Famer hit .323/..352/.576 (128 OPS+) during his first taste of the big leagues while making his first of 13 All-Star squads and leading the league in triples.

It only took DiMaggio 138 games to collect a career-high 206 hits during his debut campaign. He also collected 29 home runs, 125 RBI, and 132 runs scored. Amazingly, the 39 times he struck out in 669 plate appearances that season (5.8% K rate!) was the highest total of his career.

The Yankee Clipper finished eighth in the 1936 MVP voting, beginning a streak of seven top-ten MVP finishes.

Joltin’ Joe led the good guys to their eighth American League pennant and fifth World Series title that year. He went 9-for-26 with three runs and three RBI as the Yankees took home the championship in six games over the New York Giants.

DiMaggio went on to be one of the most revered players in baseball history, making the All-Star team in every year he played, enjoying the longest hitting streak in MLB history at 56, and landing in the Hall of Fame in 1955.

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