Date / Jul 17, 1941
Location / Cleveland Stadium | Cleveland, Ohio
Moment / On the second pitch of Joe DiMaggio’s first at bat against the Indians, he smashed a liner down the third base line. If third baseman Ken Keltner had been playing in a traditional position, it would have been a double. But he was playing deep and shaded toward the line. He backhanded it and threw DiMaggio out by a step.
Impact / The hit streak ended with an 0-for-3 game with a walk, cementing the streak at 56 games. No one has come very close to that record since—the nearest was Pete Rose in 1978, who had a 44-game hitting streak.