There are certain records in baseball that are admired over any others in sports, and many of which are considered unbreakable. Chief among them is Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak in 1941.
Every couple of years in the majors, a player will get hot and up his hitting streak into the 20s. Inevitably the conversation will come up, “Can this be the streak that beats DiMaggio?” It hardly ever comes close.
In 1978 Pete Rose hit in 44 straight games, good enough for 3rd on the all-time list (2nd place belongs to Willie Keeler from 1896-97). But even one of the greatest hitters of all-time was still a full dozen games away from tying the streak.
On July 16th, 1941, DiMaggio hit safely in both games of a double-header against the Cleveland Indians, the latter of which (a 10-3 Yankees victory) DiMaggio went 3-4, upping his streak to a legendary 56 games.
The Indians would hold DiMaggio hitless on July 17th, but he would walk, continuing his reached-base streak which would extend all the way to 74.
During his historic streak, DiMaggio hit .408, with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs.