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July 3, 2011

When Joe DiMaggio Couldn't Be Stopped

Over 56 magical games in 1941, the Yankees centerfielder couldn't be denied a hit. And Italian-Americans still haven't forgotten that summer.

Tom Flynn

Joe DiMaggio's feats have long been the stuff of song, and as his life grows more distant, there's some risk that the reality of Joltin' Joe will diverge ever further from the legend. Kostya Kennedy, in his new book 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, returns us to the real DiMaggio, and the remarkable, record 56-game hitting streak that brought him to the forefront of American consciousness in the summer of 1941.

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