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DiMaggio no longer “below radar”, punkin ball, Depression busting, and a new look for GBHS sport

At 18, Joe DiMaggio (pictured here in the midst of his streak) was already showing signs of the graceful greatness he was destined to achieve. On July 26, 1933, he ended his minor leagues 61-game hitting streak for the San Francisco Seals.

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Each week we’ll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We’ll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

Eighty years ago Friday, baseball player Joe DiMaggio, then with the San Francisco Seals, ended a 61-game hitting streak.  That means, in 61 consecutive games, he hit the ball and made it to at least first base.  Not a bad accomplishment for an 18 year old batter trying ...


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