Streaks for the ages
On this day in 1941, Joe Dimaggio extended his hitting streak to a record 56 games, a mark that still stands today. The streak, which began against the White Sox on May 15, 1941, ran until July 16, 1941. Dimaggio got the streak’s final hit off Cleveland’s Joe Krakauskas. On July 17, 1941, Indians pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby held Dimaggio hitless in Cleveland. Pete Rose, who hit safely in 44 straight games in 1978, has baseball’s longest streak since. In softball, however, a high school star hit safely in every game she played over her four-year prep career that ended in 2009. Kayla Braud had a 103-game hitting streak at Marist (Eugene, Ore.) and shattered the previous high school record of 46. Braud, who graduated from Alabama this past spring, was a three-time All-American and set a Crimson Tide record by batting .438 during her four-year career. The longest NCAA hitting streak belongs to former Coastal Carolina star Sara Graziano, who hit safely in 43 straight games across two seasons (1993-94).