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May 30, 1941: Games 15 & 16

Posted By Hank Waddles On May 30, 2012 @ 10:54 am In 1940s,1: Featured,Hank Waddles,Yankees | Comments Disabled


The Yankees travelled to Boston for a Memorial Day doubleheader, one of six twinbills played during DiMaggio’s streak, another notable difference between baseball then and now. A sell-out crowd of 34,500 crammed into Fenway Park as the Yanks and Sox split the pair. In the opener, things looked bleak for the Yankees and DiMaggio as they came to bat in the top of the ninth trailing 3-1. Still without a hit, DiMaggio came up in the final inning with a runner on first. He singled to keep the rally (and the streak) alive, and New York eventually scored three times to take the one-run lead that would give them a 4-3 victory [2]. In the nightcap, Boston hammered the Yankees, beating them 13-0 [3], but DiMaggio was awarded a hit on a fly ball lofted high into the wind and sun that often plagued Fenway’s right field. Boston’s Pete Fox tried valiantly to make the catch, but the ball fell untouched at his feet, and DiMaggio scampered into second base with a double.

Aside from the two hits, DiMaggio’s day was utterly forgettable. Normally one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, DiMaggio earned his nickname, the Yankee Clipper, with the effortless way in which he sailed across the outfield grass in pursuit of flyballs. On this day, however, he was charged with an error in the opening game and three more in the second, making this perhaps his worst day in the field. None of this, however, affected the streak.

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[2] 4-3 victory: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1941/B05301BOS1941.htm

[3] beating them 13-0: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1941/B05302BOS1941.htm

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