On This Date: DiMaggio hits in 56th straight game. On July 16, 1941, Joe DiMaggio extended his consecutive games hitting streak to 56.
Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, the longest in baseball history, began on May 15, 1941 and ended on July 17. Here are 20 fun facts about the streak.
- Alan Courtney and Ben Horner wrote the song, “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio” that became a big hit for the Les Brown Orchestra.
- DiMaggio confided to a teammate that failing to extend the streak for one more game cost him the $10,000 promised to him by the Heinz Corporation to endorse their Heinz 57 products.
- DiMaggio hit .408 during the streak (91-for-223), with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs.
- DiMaggio was voted the American League MVP that season over Boston’s Ted Williams who hit .406 — the last time a major-leaguer hit over .400.
- The longest hitting streak since DiMaggio established the record was 44 games by the Reds’ Pete Rose in 1978.
- The streak was interrupted by the 1941 All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. DiMaggio was 1-for-4 against the National League.
- He homered for his only hit vs. Boston on July 2.
- DiMaggio never bunted for a hit during the streak.
- The St. Louis Browns gave up the most hits — 22 in 12 games.
- Indians reliever Joe Krakauskas, a native of Quebec, was the last pitcher to yield a hit to DiMaggio during the streak.
- DiMaggio had a 61-game hit streak with the San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League) in 1933, second-longest in minor-league history to Joe Wilhoit (69 games, 1919).
- The streak almost ended at 35. On June 24 against St. Louis, DiMaggio was hitless when he batted in the seventh inning, and Browns manager Luke Sewell ordered Bob Muncrief to “walk him!” Muncrief refused, Sewell relented and DiMaggio singled.
- During the streak, he faced four future Hall of Fame pitchers — Lefty Grove, Hal Newhouser (twice), Bob Feller and Ted Lyons.
- Who gets credit for the nickname “The Yankee Clipper”r According to DiMaggio’s official website, Yankee Stadium announcer Arch McDonald came up with the moniker for the “gracefulness of his play in the field.”
- When the streak began on May 15, the Yanks were 14-14, 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland in fourth place. After Game No. 56 of the streak, the Yankees were 55-27 and first place with a 6-game lead over Cleveland.
- After extending the streak to 56 on July 16, DiMaggio led the American League in runs (80), hits (124) and RBIs (76), was tied for the lead in HR (20) and was second to Ted Williams in batting (.395 to .375).
- St. Louis Browns teammates Bob Harris and Elden Auker each gave up five hits during the streak.
- Although he failed to get a hit in Game 57, DiMaggio did walk to reach base in a streak that would extend to 74 consecutive games (second all-time to Ted Williams mark of 84 games in 1949).
- DiMaggio got hits in both games of a twinbill May 30 vs. Boston (Games 15 and 16), but he also committed four errors.
- DiMaggio got two hits off Cleveland’s Bob Feller on June 2. The next day The New York Times reported: “DiMaggio, incidentally, has hit safely in nineteen straight games” — believed to be the first printed reference to the streak
Chicago White Sox 10 – Kansas City Royals 1
Highlights: Daniel Palka and Yoan Moncada homered, and Lucas Giolito tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning, lifting the Chicago White Sox to a 10-1 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals. Moncada was 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored a day after leaving a game with a bruised right knee. Palka also had three hits and two RBI while Tim Anderson and Kevan Smith each hit a two-run double as Chicago pounded out 13 hits. The rebuilding White Sox had dropped seven of nine before Sunday and are 33-62 overall. Adalberto Mondesi homered leading off the eighth for the Royals, who are 2-11 in July. Kansas City decided to go with a bullpen day instead of a regular starting pitcher. The relievers were no match for Giolito (6-8). The right-hander allowed just two hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking three.
Chicago Cubs 7 – San Diego Padres 4
Highlights: Jon Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 7-4 on Sunday for a three-game series sweep. Chicago closed out a 4-2 West Coast trip. With All-Star second baseman Javier Baez putting together a big first half, the Cubs (55-38) lead the Milwaukee Brewers by 2 1/2 games in the NL Central. The Cubs jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings against rookie left-hander Eric Lauer, who came within one out of his first complete game in a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers in his previous start. It was more than enough for Lester (12-2), who struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings. The All-Star lefty allowed three runs and six hits while improving to 10-1 in his last 12 starts. The 34-year-old Lester carried a 7-1 lead into the sixth inning before getting into a jam. He hit Freddy Galvis with the bases loaded, forcing in a run. James Norwood then came in and got Austin Hedges to pop out before walking pinch-hitter Carlos Asuaje, bringing home another run. Manuel Margot then flied out to right, ending the inning. Pedro Strop surrendered Hunter Renfroe’s seventh homer in the seventh, but Justin Wilson got three outs before Brandon Morrow pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.
Chicago Sky 84 – New York Liberty 107
Highlights: Tina Charles and the New York Liberty see almost every game as a must-win after digging themselves a massive hole in the first half of the season. Charles scored 21 points, and Brittany Boyd added 14 points and 10 assists to help the New York Liberty rout the Chicago Sky 107-84 on Sunday. New York matched the franchise record for points in a game set in 2010 against Phoenix and crossed the 100-point mark for the first time since last season. The Liberty shot a season-best 61 percent from the field. The Liberty (7-14), who finished third in the league last season, won consecutive games for only the second time this season. New York outscored Chicago 26-8 in the third quarter to blow open a tight game. Leading 55-49 early in the third, the Liberty scored 10 straight capped by four consecutive points by Kia Vaughn. Chicago could never recover. Boyd got her first start of the season and helped New York build a 53-47 halftime lead. She had nine points, five assists and three steals in the opening 20 minutes. Courtney Vandersloot had 15 points and eight assists to lead Chicago (7-15), which has dropped six of its past seven games.
- Kansas City Royals 1 – Chicago White Sox 10 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Chicago Cubs 7 – San Diego Padres 4 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Toronto Blue Jays 2 – Boston Red Sox 5
- Texas Rangers 5 – Baltimore Orioles 6
- Washington Nationals 6 – New York Mets 1
- Philadelphia Phillies 5 – Miami Marlins 10
- New York Yankees 2 – Cleveland Indians 5
- Milwaukee Brewers 6 – Pittsburgh Pirates 7
- Arizona Diamondbacks 1 – Atlanta Braves 5
- Tampa Bay Rays 7 – Minnesota Twins 11
- Detroit Tigers 6 – Houston Astros 3
- Cincinnati Reds 4 – St. Louis Cardinals 6
- Seattle Mariners 3- Colorado Rockies 4
- Los Angeles Angels 3 – Los Angeles Dodgers 5
- Oakland Athletics 6 – San Francisco Giants 2
The 2018 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby field looks much different than it has in past years. Instead of splitting the participants into four from the American League and National League, the NL is represented by seven of the eight players involved in the event. Houston’s Alex Bregman, who is the lone AL player in the field, wasn’t expected to be part of the home-run hitting showcase, as he ranks 13th on the junior circuit in home runs. The eight-man battle will be held Monday night at 8 p.m. ET at Nationals Park in Washington, and it will be televised by ESPN. The Home Run Derby can be live-streamed via the WatchESPN app.
Here is the field for the 2018 Major League Home Run Derby:
- No. 1 Jesus Aguilar vs. No. 8 Rhys Hoskins
- No. 4 Alex Bregman vs. No. 5 Kyle Schwarber
- No. 3 Max Muncy vs. No. 6 Javier Baez
- No. 2 Bryce Harper vs. No. 7 Freddie Freeman
Cardinals (47-46) Ax Matheny In Seventh Season – The St. Louis Cardinals fired seventh-year manager Mike Matheny on Saturday night, a move that came shortly after an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds dropped them to 47-46 on the season. The team named bench coach Mike Shildt interim manager. The Cardinals also relieved hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller of their duties. It marks the first time the Cardinals have changed managers during a season since 1995, when Joe Torre was replaced by Mike Jorgensen. Matheny, 47, joined the Cardinals following the 2011 season and agreed to a three-year extension after 2016. He went 591-474 with the team, leading it to postseason appearances from 2012 to 2015, including a World Series loss to the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
Chicago White Sox 0 – Kansas City Royals 5
Highlights: Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-run drive for his first homer since rejoining Kansas City late last month, helping the Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 on Saturday for just their second win in July. Bonifacio connected after Whit Merrifield led off the game with a single, sending a drive into the home bullpen in left. He also drove in Paulo Orlando with a triple in the fifth, providing more than enough support for Danny Duffy in the left-hander’s second straight scoreless outing. Duffy (5-8) struck out eight while pitching seven innings of four-hit ball. The White Sox (32-62) lost for the seventh time in nine games. Reynaldo Lopez (4-7) allowed five runs and nine hits in 7 2/3 innings. Lopez kept Chicago in the game before surrendering a two-run homer to All-Star Salvador Perez on a 0-2 pitch in the eighth. It was Perez’s 13th of the season. The White Sox also lost second baseman Yoan Moncada to a bruised right knee in the fifth. Moncada was hit by the ball while going to catch a pickoff attempt at second. X-rays were negative, and the team said he is day to day.
Chicago Cubs 11– San Diego Padres 6
Highlights: Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and had five RBI to highlight the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs’ 11-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ also went deep. Baez, voted to start at second base in his first All-Star Game, hit a no-doubt shot to right-center field off Phil Hughes in the ninth inning. It was his 19th. Baez has 71 RBI, tied for the NL lead and just four shy of his career-high set last year. Baez and Schwarber will be in Monday’s Home Run Derby in Washington. Kyle Hendricks (6-8) won for the first time in five starts, holding San Diego to two runs and five hits in five innings, with three strikeouts and no walks. He allowed Eric Hosmer‘s two-run homer in the first, his 10th. Hunter Renfroe hit a pinch, two-run homer for the Padres in the sixth, his sixth, to pull the Padres within one. But the Cubs added on in the eighth on Addison Russell‘s two-run single to right and Victor Caratini‘s two-run double just inside the right-field line.
- Kansas City Royals 5 – Chicago White Sox 0 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Chicago Cubs 11 – San Diego Padres 6 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Milwaukee Brewers 1 – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (Game 1 of DH)
- Toronto Blue Jays 2 – Boston Red Sox 6
- Tampa Bay Rays 19 – Minnesota Twins 6
- Milwaukee Brewers 2 – Pittsburgh Pirates 6 (Game 2 of DH)
- Arizona Diamondbacks 3 – Atlanta Braves 0
- Detroit Tigers 1 – Houston Astros 9
- Washington Nationals 4 – New York Mets 7
- Cincinnati Reds 8 – St. Louis Cardinals 2
- Philadelphia Phillies 0 – Miami Marlins 2
- Texas Rangers 0 – Baltimore Orioles 1
- New York Yankees 5 – Cleveland Indians 4
- Los Angeles Angels 5 – Los Angeles Dodgers 4
- Seattle Mariners 1 – Colorado Rockies 4
- Oakland Athletics 4 – San Francisco Giants 3