The Most Famous Record in Sports
On May 15, 1941, hoping to shake off a hitting slump, a young DiMaggio stepped up to the plate and got his wish. He hit in that game, and the next, and the next… After 45 games, he broke a hitting record that had remained for 44 years—and he kept on going. The American public, weary from economic depression and impending war, went absolutely wild. They breathlessly followed the Yankee Clipper as he continued the streak for an amazing 12 more games. By the time the streak ended, two months and two days after it began, “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio had captured the imagination of an entire nation and become a potent symbol of American perseverance.
The young New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio had a 56-game hitting streak that obliterated the previous record and has gone unchallenged to this day. In fact, no one has come close.
To commemorate the 71st anniversary of Joe DiMaggio’s historic 56-game hitting streak, we’ve created “Reliving Joe DiMaggio’s Streak,” that takes you back in time to experience The Streak as it unfolded, with 56 posts so evocative you can almost smell the peanuts and popcorn!
Read on to experience The Streak.