56 Straight Games

By | May 15, 2013

On May 15, 1941 the New York Yankees played the Chicago White Sox, losing to them 3-1. Joe DiMaggio was able to get a single in one of his four at bats that day. No one knew that it was a game that would begin a streak. One that may never be broke. It was the first game of Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak.

The streak ended on July 17, 1941 against the Cleveland Indians. The Indian’s third baseman, Ken Keltner, made two plays that helped end the streak.

On the next day DiMaggio got a hit. He would have another streak, this time of 16 games. During this period he hit safely in 72 of 73 games

During his 56 game hitting streak Joe DiMaggio batting average was .408. 22 of the games he had more than one hit.

In 1933, when DiMaggio was playing in the minor league, he went 61 straight games with a hit.

In Major League history only 6 players have had hitting streaks over 40 games. Ty Cobb with 40 in 1911, George Sisler with 41 in 1922, Bill Dahlen, 1894, 42 games with hits, Pete Rose in 1978 had 44 game streak, Willie Keeler hit in 45 straight starting with the last game in 1896 and the first 44 in 1897 and DiMaggio. DiMaggio is the only one who hit in more than 45 straight games.


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