It Happened Today in New York City
On July 16, 1941, Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees completed his 56-game hitting streak, setting a Major League record that still stands to this day. Joe Krakauskas of the Cleveland Indians yielded the final hit to DiMaggio in a streak that included seven double-headers. The following day, third baseman Ken Keltner (also of Cleveland) stopped the streak with some excellent fielding. DiMaggio later confided in a teammate that failing to hit in one more game cost him $10,000 that had been promised him by the Heinz corporation to endorse their Heinz 57 products.
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