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On this date in Yankees history: Joe DiMaggio earns 1941 AL MVP

On this date in New York Yankees history, Joe DiMaggio earned the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award.

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DiMaggio, who earned the honor in 1939, edged Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, garnering 87% of the vote.

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This would mark the second of three MVP trophies for Joltin’ Joe.

That season, The Yankee Clipper clubbed 30 home runs, paced the Junior Circuit with 125-RBI and 348 total bases, to go along with 1.083 OPS.

It was also a season in which the Yankees centerfielder established a major-league record 56-game hitting streak.

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Plus, DiMaggio helped lead the Bronx Bombers to a World Series victory over the crosstown Brooklyn Dodgers.

The 1941 season was the last “summer of innocence” as the country would soon enter World War II, following the attacks on Pearl Harbor by Japan.