July 02, 1941: Hits record broken
Submitted by BTGrimes on Mon, 07/02/2012 - 9:00am
DiMaggio Breaks the Unbreakable
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Joe DiMaggio hit a 3-run homer on this date in 1941 to break the record for hitting in the most consecutive games within a season. 'Joltin Joe's' streak reached 45 games, breaking the 44-game hit streak of Wee Willie Keeler set in 1897.
DiMaggio's streak captivated the nation since it reached 30 games. It was an exciting and positive distraction to the daily headlines of the Nazi's overrunning Europe that summer. DiMaggio would eventually hit in what many believe is an insurmountable 56 straight games. No one since has even surpassed Keeler's mark of 44 games, though Pete Rose tied it in 1978, let alone come close to challenging DiMaggio's.
DiMaggio's streak wasn't without controversy. The official scorer for more than twenty of those games was New York World Telegram sportswriter Dan Daniels, who some believe gave DiMaggio favorable rulings on balls that may have been errors when a streak wasn't on the line.
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