"Baseball didn’t really get into my blood until I knocked off that hitting streak. Getting a daily hit became more important to me than eating, drinking or sleeping," said Joe DiMaggio while continuing this hitting streak until he reached 56 straight games (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.
On the first day of July 1941, Joe DiMaggio tied the 43-year-old record of "Wee" Willie Keeler by hitting safely in both games of a doubleheader against the Red Sox. Joltin’ Joe had at least one one hit in 44 straight games.
On July 2, the Yankees again faced the Red Sox. Joe DiMaggio was intent on getting a hit in his 45th straight game and setting a new major league record at Yankee Stadium. In his third at bat, with two teammates on bases, hungering for a hit, Joe belted the ball into the seats for what would be one of the 30 home runs he would hit that historic 1941 season. He had the record, and it had come against arch-rival Boston.