The 12 Days of Christmas is one of the most recognizable carols in the Christmas lexicon, so we’re pairing it with the most recognizable jerseys.
Rob Manoff, Rob Whitney, and myself aka the voices behind the Write The Radio podcast are embarking on the 12 Jersey GOATS of Christmas. From the partridge in the pear tree to twelve drummers drumming we’re going 1 through 12 to find the best player who ever wore the number.
How it’s going down is simple. We’ve narrowed down a rep from each of the 4 major sports and throw a poll up on Twitter. Then the real experts weigh in and select the final winner. We’ll put up a post announcing the winner. Later in the countdown, we’ll announce our contest winners as well.
Oh, that’s right, we’re doing a giveaway as well. That part is simple too. All it takes is 3 simple steps. 1. Vote in the polls. 2. Retweet the poll. 3. Follow the Last Out Media Twitter account.
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS- Joltin’ Joe
The Yankee Clipper. Joe DiMaggio, sometimes also known as the guy from that song and marrying Marylin Monroe is the selection for #5. He battled worthy opposition in Paul Hornung, Nick Lidstrom, and Jason Kidd but DiMaggio’s legendary status could not be ignored.
DiMaggio is best known for his 56 game hitting streak, which lasted from May 15th, 1941 until July 17th of that year. Adding to that remarkable feat is that DiMaggio would start another 16 game hitting streak afterward, resulting in hitting safely in 72 of 73 games. It has been called and probably is the most unbreakable record in sports. Obviously, DiMaggio could hit. He carried a career slash of .325/.389/.579. What might be even more bonkers (based on years of watching Phillies baseball) is that he only struck out 369 times in 6,821 at-bats. Seven times in his career, DiMaggio had more home runs in a season than strikeouts.
His greatness was actually hindered by his home field. A rare player with better numbers on the road than at home, DiMaggio was a right-hander who fell victim to the deep left and centerfield walls of old Yankee Stadium. Then factor in that he lost three years in his prime to military service in WWII. He still lead the AL in home runs twice, as well as being a two-time batting and RBI champion. He won 9 World Series titles, 3 AL MVP awards, was a 13-time All-Star, and a member of MLB’s all century team.