April 7, 2011
THE MOST REMARKABLE FACT ABOUT THE STREAK BEING...:
Book recalls DiMaggio's magic ride in 1941: Yankee Clipper captivated country with 56-game hitting streak (Ben Platt, 4/07/11, MLB.com)
It's hard to believe that it will be 70 years this summer that Joe DiMaggio set the baseball world on fire with his record 56-game hitting streak. Author Kostya Kennedy chronicles the streak and the complicated life of the Yankee Clipper in his book "56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports," which is in bookstores now.
"To me, [the streak] has been around forever," said Kennedy, who is a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. "It's been a part of my baseball fan life. It harkens back to a different time and a different era. The streak seems like it has been ever-present."
According to Kennedy, the streak is what defined DiMaggio and made him the revered baseball legend he is today.
...that Ted Williams had a higher batting average over those 56 games, effectively ending any discussion about their relative greatness. Posted by Orrin Judd at April 7, 2011 6:17 PM