Thursday, August 4, 2011

The great Joe DiMaggio began his 56-game hitting streak on May 15th, 1941.  The hitting streak ended on July 17th, when DiMaggio went 0-for-3 against Cleveland.   

From reading Moneyball, I learned that baseball scouts nowadays prize a hitter's on-base-percentage, of which walks is an important component. 

In the 4th inning of that game, DiMaggio received a walk.  So how many games in a row did DiMaggio actually reach base?  And should not reaching base in consecutive games be considered a portentous record as well? 

I don't know the answer to either of those questions, and I'm not particularly interested in looking the first one up.

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