July 16: DiMaggio’s 56th

DiMaggio56Today marks the 73rd anniversary of one of the greatest achievements in athletic history: The last day of New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streaking.

Now, some may scoff at the idea that doing your job is remarkable. Well, to them I say we should consider the following bits of information that make this streak so special:

  • During the streak, DiMaggio got hits off of four future Hall of Fame pitchers.
  • Prior to Joltin’ Joe’s streak, the longest hitting streak was George Sistler’s record of 41 straight games, and the closest anyone has come since was Pete Rose’s 44 game streak in 1978.
  • In fact, of the 15,000+ players to ever step up to the plate in the Majors, DiMaggio is the only person to hit in 50 or more consecutive games!

DiMaggio’s streak came to an end on July 17, 1941, when he failed to reach base in a game against the Cleveland Indians. Despite the snapping of his streak, DiMaggio got going again on July 18 when he began a sixteen game hitting streak. So, DiMaggio successfully got a hit in 72 of 73 games played between May 15 and August 2, 1941; another unprecedented baseball feat.

One of DiMaggio’s nicknames was the Yankee Clipper, and just by luck there is a cocktail called the Yankee Clipper. It’s highly unlikely that the drink is named for the record-setting slugger, it’s tropical taste indicates that it’s most likely named after the old American clipper ships.

Yankee Clipper

  • 2 ounces Vodka
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 teaspoon passion fruit syrup
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce sour mix

Pour everything into an ice-filled Collins glass. Stir and garnish with a lime wedge.

Tomorrow: “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”

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