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Late Dom DiMaggio honored by Sox

Late Dom DiMaggio honored by Sox

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox honored the late Dom DiMaggio on Sunday afternoon in a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park.

A dedication in center field included the raising of a flag bearing DiMaggio's name. His widow, Emily, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

A seven-time All-Star center fielder who spent his entire career with Boston (1940-42, '46-53), DiMaggio passed away on May 8 at the age of 92.

DiMaggio's stint with the Sox was put on hold following the 1942 season, when he left the team to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After missing three seasons (1943-45), he returned to the Red Sox in '46.

The Sox planned to honor DiMaggio at Fenway this season before learning of his death.

"He was such a great man," principal owner John W. Henry said on the day of DiMaggio's passing. "I spoke with him just less than a month ago about what we were going to be doing here. We were going to honor him. It's so tragic that he isn't going to see that. He was a great part of this organization."

John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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