The Streak Comes to a Close

In 1941, Joe DiMaggio took the nation by storm. That year, he strung together a still-unmatched 56-game hitting streak, which finally ended on July 17. That day, Cleveland Indians third baseman Ken Keltner made two great plays to rob DiMaggio of hits. The iconic New York Yankee, who’s featured on the upcoming 2012 Major League Baseball All-Stars stamp pane, captivated baseball fans across America.

Kostya Kennedy’s book, 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, chronicled DiMaggio’s magical 1941 season. In it, the author shows just how passionate people were about The Streak:

Fan Mail arrived from all over the country, scores of letters each day both to his home and to the Stadium. Many of the envelopes came with a lucky thingamabob inside—a bracelet or a small stone or a few lines of bad, original poetry or something soft to rub. People everywhere wanted in, wanted to feel in some small way a contributor to the streak.

Have you ever sent a letter to your favorite athlete? If so, what kind of response did you receive? Let us know!

The Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps will be issued Friday, July 20, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. In the meantime, you can pre-order your stamps and a host of baseball-related philatelic products now!

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