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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
DiMaggio's 61-game Pacific hitting streak ends
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

July 26, 1933

Looking weary and strained, Joe DiMaggio has his record 61-game Pacific Coast League batting streak end when he fails to get a hit in five plate appearances against Ed Walsh, son of the famed Chicago White Sox pitcher.

DiMaggio, an 18-year-old rookie with the San Francisco Seals who came out of nowhere to set the record, is moved up today from clean up to leadoff in the lineup to try to help him get more at-bats. While he does get an extra plate appearance, it doesn't help as he grounds out twice, hits into a forceout and flies out twice. His long drive to right in the ninth, though, sends home the winning run from third base in the Seals' 4-3 victory over Oakland.

"I'm glad it's over," DiMaggio says. "The strain was getting a bit tough."

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