Joe DiMaggio – one of the greatest hitters of all time, ended his 56 Game Hitting Streak.
On July 17 1941 (in a Cleveland night game in front of 67,468 fans) DiMaggio grounded out to third twice, walked and hit into a double play – thus ending the greatest hitting streak in major league history.
It was later revealed that by ending on 56, DiMaggio lost $10,000 bonus promised to him by Heinz ketchup if he could have matched the number "57" featured on their labels.
DiMaggio won the 1941 American League MVP and retired after the 1951, completing 13 seasons with the Yankees – a career that included 11 pennants and 10 World Series wins. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
While many came to know him for his famous marriage to Marylyn Monroe (when combined with playing for the Yankees, made him one of the luckiest men in the world), but little is said of his military career.
In 1972, Joe became the spokesman for Mr. Coffee – a position he held for 20 years.
When you look back at his life, you have to say – “What a ride”.
Thanks for the memories Joe – you a a legend.