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.

 

The streak is often considered to be an unbreakable record, as the next closest ever was 45 games. It was certainly one of the greatest performances ever seen before in baseball, and the record seems safe with DiMaggio.

See Joe DiMaggio talk about the streak:



 

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