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November 5, 2012

April 1943 | Stirnweiss (3rd from left) with Joe Gordon, Nick Etten & Bill Johnson (NJ Monthly)

In 1945 George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss earned the Bombers’ 5th batting crown, and first since DiMaggio in 1940, beating out Chicago’s Tony Cuccinello by the narrowest of margins: .00009.  In the closest batting race in Major League history, both had averages of .30854, with Stirnweiss earning the tie-breaker by way of the 6th digit after the zero.

The race came down to the last game of the season.  Against Boston, Stirnweiss went 3-for-5 (.600) while Cuccinello went 1-for-3 (.333) vs. St. Louis, giving the Yankee infielder the title.

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