DiMaggio Breaks Hit Streak Record
NEW YORK CITY
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
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.
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
Wee Willie Keeler