This vintage sports wall decor is called “Joe DiMaggio 56 Straight” and features sequential images of the tribute to his historic 56 straight game hitting streak in 1941. This consecutive game hitting streak is still the longest in baseball history.
About The Streak
The streak began on May 15, 1941 when DiMaggio went one-for-four with a run batted in against Eddie Smith and the Chicago White Sox. From that fateful day until July 16 – 56 games later – DiMaggio hit safely in every game, setting a brand new record that still stands as one of the greatest achievements in baseball history. DiMaggio confided to a teammate after the game that by failing to get a hit he had also lost the $10,000 promised to him by Heinz ketchup for matching the number “57” featured on their labels.
The Career of Joe DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio was a center fielder who played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees. He was a three-time MVP winner and an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons. He won the 1941 American League MVP over Red Sox slugger Ted Williams in spite of the latter’s .406 batting average that season. Joe DiMaggio retired after the 1951 season. During this 13 seasons with the Yankees they won 11 pennants and 10 World Series. His number “5” is retired by the New York Yankees and he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.