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While Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941 was amazing and will likely never be matched, many fans are unaware of one of his other great achievements that year: striking out a mere 13 times in 621 plate appearances. By comparison, Albert Pujols is lauded for being a tough batter now, and he strikes out about 60 times a season.
Ken Tippery, Royal Oak, Mich.
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I enjoyed the excerpt of Kostya Kennedy's book on DiMaggio (The Streak, March 14), but I always felt that Ted Williams's hitting .406 in 1941 was a greater accomplishment. Let's face it: A batter can get a single hit in four at bats every game and finish with only a .250 average. Williams batted over .400, meaning he was consistently hot, with multihit games throughout the season. I don't think anyone will reach the .400 mark again.
Harry Jacoby, Ringoes, N.J.
I was particularly impressed when reading about DiMaggio's sportsmanship and how he once chided himself for glaring at an umpire during a game after a seemingly inaccurate called strike. To question an umpire's call was unheard of back then, so DiMaggio knew his actions were out of line. I found it gratifying to look back on an era when baseball was played with integrity.
Jeffrey Auger, Sublimity, Ore.
I think it's much harder for today's players to maintain a long hitting streak the way DiMaggio did because they now face more middle relievers and closers. Hitters don't have as many at bats in which to get comfortable and figure out the starting pitcher's rhythm.
Rev. Richard Herrin
Fort Worth, Texas