From the archives | Aug. 9

Dom DiMaggio’s hitting streak ends at 34

Red Sox beat Yankees 6-3

Dom DiMaggio was stopped -- but so were the Yankees.

The Red Sox outscored the Yankees, 6 to 3, at Fenway Park before a capacity crowd of 35,691. The clubs were even on home runs each, hitting a pair, but the McCarthymen won the ball game because their belts came with mates aboard.

Ellis Kinder chalked up his 13th victory as Ted Williams clouted his 28th circuit swat with one on and Birdie Tebbetts hit his fourth, also with a man on base.


Hank Bauer, Yankee rightfielder, belted his sixth and seventh homers out of the par -- incidentally the 18th and 19th off Kinder’s service, but fortunately the visitors’ bashing came with the sacks clear.

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Vic Raschi, leading Yank right-hander, lost his fourth straight game, but was in there at the end and had enough to stop Dom DiMaggio’s run of consecutive game hitting at 34.

The little professor came to the plate five times, being given a reprieve after his fourth trip when it appeared he was due for no further visits. The Sox counted a rather comical run in the eighth with two away which gave Dom another chance.

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Dom DiMaggio, left, with his brother, Joe DiMaggio of the Yankees, were together on July 12 at the All-Star Game in Brooklyn.

Joe’s catch ends streak

Having gone down four times before Raschi it appeared that Dom might click on his final attempt. But his fairly hard liner floated out to brother Joe, for the last Yankee putout of the game. Thus Dom’s streak ended at 34 tilts, three shy of Tommy Holmes’ Boston National League mark. Williams and Tebbetts homers won this game for the McCarthymen before it was four innings old. Al Zarilla came through with three for four, including two doubles and the first RBI of the ball game.

Joe DiMaggio, returning to the scene of his mid-season success, was kept well in check by Kinder, obtaining one single in four trips. The Stengel clan was without the services of Yogi Berra, not with the club, and Tommy Heinrich, who appeared just before the game, but was termed not yet fit even to pinch hit.


The Sox thus cut the margin of the pace-setters to five and one half games, while the second place Indians, winning over St. Louis, remained one full game ahead of the locals.