This Day In Sports History (July 1st) — Joe DiMaggio
It was on this day in 1941 that Joe DiMaggio tied the record with his 45th straight game with at least one hit. DiMaggio matched the mark set by Willie Keeler of the Baltimore Orioles in 1897.
DiMaggio would extend the record to an incredible 56 games, a record that still stands today and one that many people believe will never be equalled. After the streak was broken at 56, “The Yankee Clipper” hit safely in his next 16 games, meaning he got at least one hit in 72 out of 73 games. In 1978, all-time hits leader Pete Rose compiled a 44 game hitting streak, the closest anyone has ever gotten to DiMaggio in the last 70 years.
Joe DiMaggio is considered to be one of the best right-handed hitter of all time. His hitting streak, his 13 All-Star selections (the only player to be selected in every season he played), his nine World Series titles and his three American League M.V.P.’s are all proof that he was no ordinary Joe.
Here is the story of Joltin’ Joe Dimaggio.
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