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July 13, 1941: Games 52 & 53

Posted By Hank Waddles On July 13, 2012 @ 9:44 am In 1940s,1: Featured,Hank Waddles,Yankees | Comments Disabled


The Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Sox, stretching their winning streak to fourteen in a row, and DiMaggio kept his streak going as well. In the opener, DiMaggio collected a dubious hit when his grounder to short was bobbled by Luke Appling. The official scoring of the play was questionable, but when DiMaggio came to bat in the fourth, he lined a clean single into center field, ending any potential controversy before it could get started. Both hits came at the expense of White Sox starter Ted Lyons, who became the second pitcher to claim the distinction of having surrended a homerun to Babe Ruth during his historic sixty-homer season in 1927 and giving up a hit to DiMaggio during his streak. The first was Hall of Famer Lefty Grove. After winning that opener 8-1 [2], DiMaggio only managed a single in the second game, an eleven-inning 1-0 Yankee victory [3], but the streak would live for another day.

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[2] 8-1: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1941/B07131CHA1941.htm

[3] 1-0 Yankee victory: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1941/B07132CHA1941.htm

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