The Streak

How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero (2014)
The Streak


This fascinating look at one summer in baseball history looks at Joe DiMaggio in 1941.  It started on May 15th, nothing particularly special about that day, but it was the start of a perfect baseball summer.  After DiMaggio had 20 hits in 20 straight games people noticed, and now people were long could Joe's streak go?  Joe had a special bat that he called "Betsy Ann".  He took special care of her, and used her for games only.  Joe looked confident on the field, but was secretly constantly worried about keeping the streak alive.  The tension gets greater when Betsy Ann is stolen, but later returned.  Joe managed a 56-game hitting streak in 1941, and its never been broken, in fact, no one has come within ten games of DiMaggio.  An extensive author's note tells us that in the minor-leagues, the record for a hitting streak was held by Joe Wilhoit in 1919 who hit for 69 straight games!  DiMaggio holds the 2nd highest streak in the minor leagues.  I'm not a huge baseball fan, but this book held my interest all the way through.  It earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. 

For more information about Joe DiMaggio, try Something to Prove: the Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio.

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