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Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak is widely considered one of the most enduring records in sports history. It’s right up there with Cy Young’s 511 wins, Ripken’s 2,632 consecutive games, Celtics’ eight consecutive NBA championships and Gretzky’s 2,857 career points.

The streak began on May 15, 1941. During the streak, he had a batting average of .408, 15 home runs and 55 runs batted in. The streak ended on July 16, 1941. In the process, he snapped “Wee Willie” Keeler’s 45-game hitting streak. On July 17th, Cleveland Indians pitchers, Al Smith and Jim Bagby held Joe hitless. He hit two hard shots, but Ken Keltner was flashing the leather at 3rd base that day, and it was all over.

When the streak ended, DiMaggio began a new one. This one lasted only 16 games. Over the span of both streaks, Joe hit safely in 72 of 73 games during that 1941 season.

It’s been just about seventy years since “The Yankee Clipper” achieved this remarkable feat. The only one to really challenge the record was Pete Rose in 1978, when he had a hit in 44 consecutive games. Just like everyone else who went after it, they all came up short (Molitor [39], Rollins [38], Castillo & Utley [35]). A person has to wonder if the record will ever be broken.

Hitting StreaksPlayers With At Least 1 Hit in At Least 30 Consecutive Games
Rank Year Name Team League Games
1. 1941 Joe DiMaggio (AL Record) New York AL 56
2. 1896-1897 Willie Keeler (NL Record) Baltimore NL 45
3. 1978 Pete Rose Cincinnati NL 44
4. 1894 Bill Dahlen Chicago NL 42
5. 1922 George Sisler St. Louis AL 41
6. 1911 Ty Cobb Detroit AL 40
7. 1987 Paul Molitor Milwaukee AL 39
8. 2005-2006 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia NL 38
9. 1945 Tommy Holmes Boston NL 37
10. 1896-1897 Gene DeMontreville Washington NL 36

“Now this is over thirty years later and the guy said he was that cab driver (who drove DiMaggio to the game on July 17th). He apologized (for telling DiMaggio that he thought the streak would end that day) and he was serious. I felt awful. He might have been spending his whole life thinking he had jinxed me, but I told him he hadn’t. My number was up.” – Joe DiMaggio (more…)

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Now, with pitchers and catchers due to report in under 30 days, I think now would be the time to unveil our picks for the 2010 season.

My picks are in blue and Zell’s picks are in red

American League

AL East: Yankees, AL Central: Twins, AL West: Angels, AL Wild Card: Red Sox

AL East: Yankees, AL Central: White Sox, AL West: Mariners, AL Wild Card: Red Sox

Division Series

Yankees def. Twins 3-1, Red Sox def. Angels 3-2

Yankees def White Sox 3-0, Red Sox def. Mariners 3-1

ALCS

Yankees def Red Sox 4-3 (MVP: CC Sabathia)

Yankees def Red Sox 4-2 (MVP: Mariano Rivera)

AL MVP: Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander
AL Batting Title: Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki
AL Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz (Only because I am having a brain fart), Brian Matusz
AL Home Run Crown: Alex Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez (more…)

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