DiMaggio feasted on Sox pitching during hit streak

DiMaggio feasted on Sox pitching during hit streak
May 15, 2012, 11:12 pm
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This day in 1941, the White Sox destroyed the Bronx Bombers 13-1 at Yankee Stadium. Bill Knickerbocker and Myril Hoag each went 4 for 5, and Taffy Wright knocked in four runs. But it's an especially notable game, in a positive way, in Yankees history.

Eddie Smith of the Southsiders got the complete game nine-hit win, but one of those hits belonged to Joe DiMaggio. Beginning with this game, at least one hit would accompany his name every box score for 56 straight contests.

The White Sox undoubtedly contributed to this legendary total. Here's the list:

Streak Game Number
H-AB
White Sox pitcher(s)
1
1-4
Eddie Smith
2
2-4
Thornton Lee
3
1-3
Johnny Rigney
25
1-5
Johnny Rigney
26
2-4
Thornton Lee
30
1-4
Johnny Rigney
31
1-3
Thornton Lee
32
3-3
Eddie Smith (1), Buck Ross (2)
52
3-4
Ted Lyons (2), Jack Hallett (1)
53
1-4
Thornton Lee
54
1-3
Johnny Rigney
55
2-4
Eddie Smith

DiMaggio went 19 of 45 for a .422 batting average against White Sox pitching in '41.