Day in History - "The Streak"
On May 15, 1941 “Joltin” Joe DiMaggio, also known as the “Yankee Clipper, beganhis 56 game hitting streak. Most baseball experts view this record as being unbreakable. From that date through July 17, DiMaggio hit .408 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs. The whole nation was transfixed each day the streak kept getting extended. Songs were written about it. It was daily conversation even if people weren’t baseball fans. The streak went for an amazing 56 games. The Heinz Company was eager for the streak to go to 57. They were going to pay DiMaggio $10,000 for his service promoting their catchup if the streak could have gone on one more game.