17. Joe DiMaggio
Perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak – a record that still stands – Joe DiMaggio is one of the greatest players ever to pick up a baseball bat. His nine career World Series rings are second only to Yogi Berra who won ten. DiMaggio also served as a member of the US Air Force although he was never a pilot.
Getting drafted into the military can be a huge wake-up call for a lot of people, but DiMaggio’s celebrity allowed him to have as comfortable a career as possible. He served as a Physical Instructor in California, Hawaii, and Atlantic City. He actually gained 10lbs in weight from a special athlete only diet and spent most of his days tanning on the beach. Embarrassed by his lifestyle, he requested to see combat action but the army turned him down.