Tuesday, August 01, 2017

August 1, 1978: Peter Rose hitting streak stops at 44



Pete Rose kept us busy every night in the summer of 1978.  His streak ended at 44 games in 1978:
"It began quietly on June 14, 1978. Cincinnati Red Pete Rose’s hit streak ended forty-four games later on August 1, twelve games shy of the record set by Joe DiMaggio of the Yankees thirty-seven years earlier. 
Charlie Hustle was the first serious challenger to one of baseball's most hallowed records, and the only one to come within fifteen games of the record. He did, however, tie with the pre-DiMaggio record holder Willie Keeler (1897). 

While few seemed to notice at first, by mid-July the eyes of the nation were on Rose and his quest to become the record holder."     

We didn't have the 24/7 news cycle back then.  Therefore, most of us had to follow the streak on the nightly news or morning box scores.    I followed some games on WLW out of Cincinnati, specially when the Reds were playing in the West Coast.

Rose's streak is one of my favorite baseball memories.






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