DiMaggio hits 56

On July 16, 1941, Joe DiMaggio assisted the New York Yankees in a 10-3 victory when he went three for four, making it 56 consecutive games with a hit.

This was the final game in DiMaggio’s hitting streak and remains a record to be beat. While in the hitting streak, he maintained a .405 batting average, hitting five home runs and 55 RBIs.

DiMaggio’s hit singles in the first and third innings, alongside a double in the ninth. He was walked in the fifth and grounded out in the seventh.

DiMaggio played 13 seasons in 16 years, all with the New York Yankees. He took three years off from baseball to fight with the United States military in World War Two. By his retirement in 1951, he accumulated 2,214 hits, 1,537 RBIs and 361 home runs. DiMaggio also led the Yankees to nine World Series titles.

DiMaggio’s success can be attributed to his hard work and dedication, including dropping out of high school at age 16 to dedicate his life to the sport. His influence was his older brother who he followed to the baseball diamond, rather than following his father who immigrated from Italy to the fishing boat.

Shortly after retiring, DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe. The baseball hall of famer wanted to settle down while his bride’s career was starting to sky rocket. They divorced and DiMaggio never remarried.

DiMaggio passed away in 1999 after battling lung cancer. Even though he is no longer with us, many Americans think of him as one of the best representations of Americana in the 20th century.

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