Monday, May 16, 2016

Box Score of the Week

It was 75 years ago yesterday when Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hitting streak began. Let's take a look at a June 1941 game where the Yankees hosted the St. Louis Browns. In that contest, Joltin' Joe's streak reached 36 games.


This game was perhaps the one where DiMaggio's streak came closest to ending before it reached 56 straight games. DiMaggio was 0 for 3 when he came to the plate for what would likely be his final at bat of the game. Legend has it that Browns pitcher Bob Muncrief was ordered by manager Luke Sewell to walk DiMaggio intentionally. But Muncrief refused and ended up allowing a single, thus extending Joltin' Joe's hit streak to 36 games.


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