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Who thinks Joe DiMaggio would EVER have been labeled the 'greatest living ballplayer' if one mere bounce or bloop (or even taken a walk instead) had gone awry during the summer of '41? Not to mention the MVP award.
This is exhibit A on why 'hitting streaks' are THE single largest overrated MLB stat.
Ichiro being traded to the Yankees flew under the radar here.
DiMaggio's hitting streak, IIRC, is the unlikeliest thing that's ever happened in sports history.
"DiMaggio's hitting streak, IIRC, is the unlikeliest thing that's ever happened in sports history."
This seems like an impossible thing to evaluate.
Ok, I've been off the grid for the past couple of weeks, and of all the things that happened while I was away, Ichiro winding up on the Yankees is the most surprising to me. WTF happened? Why did the Yankees want the corpse of Ichiro in the first place? Was there a BBTF thread where this was discussed? If so, could some kind soul link it?
The Cardinals’ Ted Sizemore has the longest such streak since 1970, going 16 straight games in 1975…
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