On May 15, 1941, in an otherwise forgettable 13-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees center fielder Joe DiMaggio singled in four at-bats. The 9,040 fans at Yankee Stadium likely hardly took notice — and it’s almost certain that no one in the sparse crowd left the ballpark that day knowing they had just seen the start of something momentous.
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The game marked the beginning of DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, which lasted through mid-July and set a major league record that has hardly been threatened in the 70 years since. DiMaggio was a baseball star before the streak began — by its end just over two months later, he was an American legend.
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0-30% right: Swing and a miss! That’s a strikeout — which DiMaggio did only five times during his entire 56-game streak.
31-55% right: A solid single up the middle. Joltin’ Joe would be proud. 56 of his 91 hits during the streak were base knocks.
56-85% right: A bases-clearing double. During the streak, DiMaggio drove in 55 runs.
86-100% right: Take a well-deserved home run trot, slugger — just like Joe D. did 15 times during his streak.
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