He Could Play Too

Yes, he was noble, and he looked great and he married Marilyn Monroe. But first he played baseball, and it's for what he did on the field that Joe DiMaggio should be remembered. His career, like so many in baseball, can best be divined by a sequence of numbers. First, and most famous, is 56. But several others matter as well: 61, 16, 9, 369, .89, 457, 3, and 13.

56, 61 and 16

Accomplishment is a wonderful thing; consistency is as well. And the merger of the two, expressed in DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941, yields the one unbreachable...

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