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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
DiMaggio's record hitting streak reaches 56
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 16, 1941

Joe DiMaggio is quick to extend his record consecutive-game batting streak to 56. In the first inning, on the first pitch to him from Cleveland Indians southpaw Al Milnar, DiMaggio rips the ball through the box for a single to center.

Joltin' Joe gets two more hits in the Yankees' 10-3 victory in Cleveland - a pop-fly single to center in the third inning and a long double to left-center in the ninth.

"It's mostly a matter of luck," DiMaggio says about his streak. "You have to get lucky breaks to run up a long consecutive batting streak. And I got plenty of them."

DiMaggio has not struck out in 126 at-bats since June 8 and just five times during the entire streak. He is batting .408 in the 56 games, with 91 hits in 223 at-bats.

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