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JULY 2 (1941) - DiMaggio*
By Bill Grimes
Jul 2, 2007 - 2:32 PM

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DiMaggio Breaks Hit Streak Record

 

NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK JULY 2, 1941 – Joe DiMaggio hit a 3-run homer on this date in 1941 to break the record for hitting in the most consecutive games within a season. ‘Joltin Joe’s’ streak reached 45 games, breaking the 44-game hit streak of Wee Willie Keeler set in 1897 [1].

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Joe DiMaggio

 

DiMaggio’s streak had been captivating the nation ever since it reached 30 games. It had been an exciting and positive distraction to the daily headlines of the Nazi’s overrunning Europe that summer. DiMaggio would eventually hit in what many believe is an insurmountable 56 straight games. No one since has even surpassed Keeler’s mark, though Pete Rose tied it in 1978, let alone come close to challenging DiMaggio’s.

 

DiMaggio’s streak wasn’t without controversy. The official scorer for more than twenty of those games was New York World Telegram sportswriter Dan Daniels, who some believe gave DiMaggio favorable rulings on balls that may have been errors rather than hits.

 

Interesting fact: Did you know Joe’s brother Dom DiMaggio had a 34 game hitting streak of his own for the Boston Red Sox in 1949.

 

Consecutive game hit leaders :

Joe DiMaggio                        56

Wee Willie Keeler                 44

Pete Rose                               44

Bill Dahlen                             42

George Sisler                         41

Ty Cobb                                 40

Paul Molitor                          39

Jimmy Rollins                        38

Tommy Holmes                     37

Fred Clarke                            35

Luis Castillo                           35

Chase Utley                           35

 

Sources:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/dimaggio/maps/maptxt.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Daniel_(sportswriter)

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Willie_Keeler_1872

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats-streak.shtml





 

[1] Keeler had a hit in the last game of 1896, so his streak is actually 45 consecutive games.



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