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July 17, 1941: Joe DiMaggio Ends 56-Game Hitting Streak

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    July 17, 1941: Joe DiMaggio Ends 56-Game Hitting Streak

    Joe DiMaggio ends 56-game hitting streak:
    Excerpt from the article:

    "On July 17, 1941, New York Yankees center fielder Joe DiMaggio fails to get a hit against the Cleveland Indians, which brings his historic 56-game hitting streak to an end. The record run had captivated the country for two months."

    By the numbers: Remembering Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak:
    Excerpts from the article:

    " On July 17, he went 0-for-3 for the New York Yankees against the Indians, with third baseman Ken Keltner making two nifty plays to thwart the streak."
    "Let’s take a look at the streak by the numbers:"

    56 Game Hitting Streak by Joe DiMaggio:
    Excerpts from the article:

    "While DiMaggio was no stranger to being the star of an always impressive Yankee team, 1941 was even more special than usual. While the rival Red Sox were being led by Ted Williams and his unbelievable batting average, he ended the season at .406, DiMaggio pulled his team out of an early slump, and led them to the World Series, and himself to an Most Valuable Player Award."
    "Baseball Almanac proudly presents research in a game-by-game format of the unbreakable streak, the amazing streak, the record setting streak, The Joe DiMaggio Streak."

    The Insane Facts Behind DiMaggio’s Hit Streak :
    Excerpts from the article:

    "...Along the way, we discovered some pretty astounding things about Joe DiMaggio’s famous streak. Hours spent scouring sites like and, even helped us make a few connections that have never been published (to our knowledge). Here are the the 17 most interesting facts we discovered about Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak..."

    More Thoughts on DiMaggio’s 56-Game Hitting Streak:
    Excerpt from the article

    "Our focus here is on a different question—namely, whether a long streak is consistent with a random coin-tossing model or if it is an exceptional event that defies the usual odds. This is a controversial topic, especially in the case of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak in 1941. It was an unusual occurrence, but was it only a manifestation of pure chance? See, for example “Hitting Streaks Don’t Obey Your Rules,” by Trent McCotter, The Baseball Research Journal 37 (2008): 62–70; and “A Journey to Baseball’s Alternate Universe,” by Samuel Arbesman and Steven Strogatz, New York Times, 30 March 2008.

    Hitting Streaks Don’t Obey Your Rules:

    A Journey to Baseball’s Alternate Universe:
    "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson