This is a glance again at notable sports activities information on Could 23 via the years:
1948: The primary quantity that involves thoughts relating to Joe DiMaggio is 56, as in his MLB-record 56-game hitting streak. However No. three stored popping up throughout Joltin’ Joe’s Corridor of Fame profession.
On today 72 years in the past, DiMaggio hit three consecutive residence runs — the primary two off fellow Corridor of Famer Bob Feller — to steer the Yankees to a 6-5 win over Cleveland within the opener of a doubleheader.
“I hit three as soon as earlier than,” DiMaggio mentioned. “It was so way back, I do not keep in mind the opposite group. I do know it wasn’t Cleveland although.”
DiMaggio was proper. His first three-homer sport was in St. Louis on June 13, 1937 — the nightcap of a doubleheader that was dominated an 8-Eight tie after 11 innings. However since good issues appeared to come back in threes for DiMaggio, he added one other sport with three blasts on Sept. 10, 1950, when the Yanks stomped the Senators, 8-1.
Joltin’ Joe’s second residence run in opposition to Feller, by the way in which, apparently was a 465-foot blast.
“That may be the longest ball I’ve ever hit within the majors,” mentioned DiMaggio, who went 4-for-Four with six RBI and three runs scored. “I had one over 475 (toes) in an exhibition sport, however that wasn’t in opposition to Feller.”
Apparently, DiMaggio’s success in opposition to Feller was no fluke. His .342 profession common in opposition to him ranked third in opposition to pitchers he confronted at the least 100 occasions, in response to cleveland.com.
DiMaggio would hit 361 residence runs in his 13-year profession with the Yankees however misplaced three seasons whereas serving within the navy throughout World Battle II. Nevertheless, earlier than he retired in 1951, he received the AL MVP — you guessed it — thrice.