|Joe DiMaggio December 15, 1941 Sporting News (Library of Congress) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
Some attribute DiMaggio's achievement to chance:
A Journey to Baseball’s Alternate Universe By SAMUEL ARBESMAN and STEVEN STROGATZ
Published: March 30, 2008 The New York Times
The Triumph of the Random By LEONARD MLODINOW JULY 16, 2009 The Wall Street Journal
Obviously these people are either Communists or Yankee haters if not both. Probably also Red Sox fans.
I will address this in a future post but three observations here:
1. Joe DiMaggio set the MLB record, not Ty Cobb, not Willie Keeler.
2. Joe DiMaggio set the minor league record, also: 61 games in 1933 in the highly regarded Pacific Coast League; even if you accept Joe Wilhoit hitting in 69 consecutive games in the Western League in 1919, Joe D. still has at least the second longest streak in the minors, too. Why can't people accept that there was something special going on with this guy? Maybe he did concentrate more than most day in and day out, at least during those streaks.
3. Joe's younger brother Dom hit in 34 consecutive games just eight years later (1949) playing with the Red Sox. Dom is tied for number 16 with two others. What are the odds of brothers having two of the 18 longest streaks in MLB history?
DiMaggio's hitting streak: part 2 Wednesday, May 4, 2011