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#20 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 22, 2012

DiMaggio poses with the new record (ESPN)

Joe DiMaggio | 45 Game Hit Streak | vs. Boston Red Sox | 7/2/1941

On May 15, 1941 DiMaggio went 1-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox, commencing one of baseball’s most sacred records: the 56-game hitting streak.  By July 2nd DiMaggio had tied the previous record of 44 set by Baltimore’s Wee Willie Keeler in 1897.  In his only hit of the day, the Yankee Clipper broke the 44-year-old record with a 5th inning home run into the left field stands.  The 3-run shot helped propel the Bombers to an 8-4 win.

During the first 45 games of the streak DiMaggio had 67 hits in 179 plate appearances for a torrid .374 average.  On July 16, against Cleveland, he hit safely for the 56th straight game, setting what many consider an unconquerable record.  The closest anyone has come to the hallowed number was in 1978 when Pete Rose hit in 44 consecutive games.

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