Joe DiMaggio’s swing continues to be remembered and remain in style, as athletes hit the ball out of the park at the former New York Yankee’s annual charity baseball game.
The 24th Joe DiMaggio Legends Game featured about 57 former major-league players including Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, former Marlins players Alex Arias, Orestes Destrade and Chris Hammond and managers Jeff Torborg and Cookie Rojas.
Players and participants showed off their skills in Hollywood, Fla. at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 28, all while supporting the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, which benefits the lives of children and their families.
This year’s game gathered 5,500 people together for fun and charity. The game turned out to be a more interactive experience for players and fans and similar to spring training including activities between innings with giveaways and an autograph booth. Like the MLB All Star Game, former National Leaguers played against and beat the American Leaguers.
All proceeds benefit the hospital, which opened a brand new $140 million facility last summer. Formed in 1992, the hospital is home to more than 650 physicians. With vibrant colors lining the hallways, each floor boasts an individual theme of sports, arts, games or dreams, possibly emulating DiMaggio.
Idolized for his great game of baseball, DiMaggio just didn’t sit on the bench while the hospital was built, but donated time and money. The baseball legacy personally raised $4,000,000 for the facility.
DiMaggio died in 1999 at the age of 85. Even though he’s gone, the baseball legend still holds a special place in people’s hearts. The annual charity game appears to be another way for the athlete to remain on the field and gave back to children.