Joe DiMaggio

Throwback Thursday: Joe DiMaggio Extends Hit Streak to 56 Games

Joe DiMaggio set this record 74 years ago today, and it has been regarded as unbreakable.

When Joe DiMaggio stepped into the batter’s box 74 years ago today, he finalized a record that seems as safe as any. In the first inning of the game, he singled and later scored, as part of a 3 for 4 day. The hit extended his streak to 56 games, where it would ultimately end. From May 15 to July 16, he had at least one hit in every game, collecting a .408 batting average over that span.

 

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New York Yankees Mt. Rushmore (Franchise Four)

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<p> The team that started the entire Mt. Rushmore discussion. From Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig to Joe DiMaggio to Mickey Mantle to Reggie Jackson to Derek Jeter. Perhaps we should allow an organization with 27 World Series titles eight faces on its Mt. Rushmore — or at least six.</p>

Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history with their "Franchise Four." We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

 

New York Yankees Mt. Rushmore

Andrew McCutchen’s 56-game run among baseball’s best ever?

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While the wiry Pittsburgh centerfielder with dreadlocks continues his march toward his first MVP, does the season he has put together rank among one of the all-time best?

We’ll be able to judge the full season later but from May 9 to July 13, McCutchen had an impressive 56-game run rivaling that of the legendary Joe DiMaggio in 1941.

During that historic streak, Joe D hit .403 with a .459 OBP and .691 slugging for a 1.150 OPS. Not bad. (Not as impressive as rival Ted Williams’ stretch during the same time period, but that’s a column for another day.)

New York Yankees Mt. Rushmore

Babe, the Iron Horse, the Mick, Yogi, Jeter, Mo....An elite list of candidates
Two Left Sidebar Images
<p> The team that started the entire Mt. Rushmore discussion. From Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig to Joe DiMaggio to Mickey Mantle to Reggie Jackson to Derek Jeter. Perhaps we should allow an organization with 27 World Series titles eight faces on its Mt. Rushmore — or at least six.</p>

MLB Mt. Rushmores

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Major League Baseball is promoting an effort to identify the best four players in each team’s history. We selected our choices for Mt. Rushmores a few years ago. Here are updated versions for all 30 teams. Who are the four baseball players that have risen above all others for each organization? The question sounds simple, right? Not so fast. Let the arguments begin.

 

Why Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak Is Overrated

Joe DiMaggio wasn't baseball's best hitter during his hitting streak.
<p> Joe DiMaggio wasn't baseball's best hitter during his hitting streak.</p>
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The number 56 is iconic in the baseball world. You know it refers Yankees great Joe DiMaggio’s MLB-record hitting streak from 1941. Other than Pete Rose getting to 44 games in 1978, no player since that magical ’41 season has put together a 40-game streak. It seems like someone usually gets to about 30 games each season (including Dan Uggla’s 33-gamer this season), and the media lauds and lauds the long-standing record of DiMaggio.