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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 17, 1941

Where has your hitting streak gone, Joe DiMaggio? Up in smoke, because of some outstanding fielding by the left side of the Cleveland Indians infield.

A crowd of 67,468 in Cleveland, a major league record for a night game, sees Joltin' Joe's hitting streak end at 56. Third baseman Ken Keltner makes two outstanding plays, grabbing DiMaggio smashes down the line in the first and seventh innings and throwing him out at first base. In between these at-bats, left-hander Al Smith walks DiMaggio in the fourth.

The Yankee Clipper has one more chance to extend his streak when he bats in the eighth with the bases full against Jim Bagby, a young right-hander who just enters the game. DiMaggio hits the ball sharply, but shortstop Lou Boudreau plays a bad hop perfectly and turns the grounder into a double play.

"I'm not happy that I failed to get a hit," says DiMaggio after the Yankees' 4-3 victory. "I guess relieved would be a better word. Although I haven't been under much strain, there always was a little pressure until I got a hit."

During the streak, which began on May 15 with an inauspicious 1-for-4 game, DiMaggio hit .408 (91-of-223) with 15 homers, 55 RBI and 56 runs.

After the game, DiMaggio will start another hitting streak - 16 games. For the season he batted .357, far behind Ted Williams' .406 mark.

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