Monday, May 16, 2011

May Days

If you pay attention to - and are often befuddled by - the seemingly helter-skelter manner in which time moves, then you might be intrigued to know that yesterday marked a couple of noteworthy anniversaries.  It was on May 15 last year that Suzanne graduated from Seton Hall University's Masters Program.  Roughly one month later she started work at a job she loves and in a field she hopes to spend her her entire professional life working in - and knowing Suz one day taking over no doubt.  Her life to date has been marked by one achievement after another.  This past year has been no exception.  Par for the course in fact. 

Seventy years ago yesterday Joe DiMaggio's first inning single did little to help the Yankees win their game on that Thursday afternoon.  They lost 13-1.  Hard to imagine that anyone in attendance at the game or the great DiMag himself in the loser's clubhouse afterwards had any inkling that something very big had just started.  DiMaggio followed up that game with fifty-five more games in which he got at least one hit.  Seventy years later his fifty-six game streak still stands as a record.  What started on May 15, 1941 did not stop until July 17, 1941.  Over the course of those two calendar months, DiMaggio hit .408 and drove in more than fifty runs.

The second longest hitting streak in the history of Major League Baseball belongs to Wee Willie ("Hit 'Em Where They Ain't") Keeler.  He owned the record for almost a half-century until DiMaggio broke it in '41.  In the seven decades since, no one has gotten closer to DiMag than Pete Rose did in 1978.  Rose's streak ended at forty-four games.  

Seventy years old and still going strong.  We shall have to wait until we get either to the season's end or at least close to it to see if baseball's other seventy year old standard survives to see 2012.  That mark belongs to Red Sox immortal Ted Williams.   1941.  A year of profound significance to those on both sides of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.  Something in common?  Who would have thunk it possible? 

And in view of the events in the Bronx these past few days, not a bad thing to hang one's hat on.

-AK

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