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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Droppo ties Higgins' record for consecutive hits
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 15, 1952

The Detroit Tigers' Walt Dropo, who was obtained in a trade with Boston last month, continues his torrid hitting. After going 5-for-5 against the New York Yankees yesterday, the 6-foot-5, right-hand hitting first baseman gets four singles in four at-bats in the first game of today's doubleheader against the Senators in Washington.

Dropo runs his consecutive hit streak to 12 with a triple, single and double in the nightcap, tying Pinky Higgins' record set in 1938. With a chance to be alone in the record book, Dropo fouls out to catcher Mickey Grasso on the first pitch he sees from left-hander Lou Sleater in the seventh inning.

In the ninth, Dropo singles in two runs. Despite Dropo's impressive performance, the Tigers lose both games, 8-2 and 9-8.

Dropo will hit .276 this season and will retire in 1961 with a lifetime mark of .270.

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