Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ethier's hitting streak

One of the few bright spots for the Dodgers this season is right fielder Andre Ethier, who is batting .370 and has hit safely in 29-straight games. Ethier is two games away from tying the all-time Dodger record of 31 held by the late Willie Davis.
Of course, each time Ethier extends his streak, the name Joe DiMaggio and his fabled 56-game effort in 1941, the all-time record, is whispered a little louder.


add Ethier: It's still way to early to seriously consider Ethier challenging DiMaggio's record but a run at 56 games in a row would certainly boost the sagging attendance at Dodger Stadium.


add DiMaggio: During Joltin' Joe's streak in 1941, the New York Yankees played all but three of the 56 games in the day time. Plus, many of DiMaggio's at-bats were against pitchers from the American League's two worst teams--the St. Louis Browns and the Cleveland Indians.
If DiMaggio's streak wasn't enough excitement for baseball fans, 1941 was also the year that Ted Williams batted .406, the last time that any player has hit over .400 for a season.

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