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Longest Dodger Hit Streaks

Posted by Neil Paine on May 3, 2011

Just thought I'd post a quick PI Streak Finder leaderboard for the longest Dodger hit streaks since 1919:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Willie Davis 1969-08-01 1969-09-03 31 124 20 54 7 1 1 23 8 7 11 3 .435 .463 .532 .995 LAD
2 Andre Ethier 2011-04-02 2011-05-02 28 107 15 42 10 0 3 17 20 14 0 1 .393 .463 .570 1.033 LAD
3 Duke Snider 1953-08-19 1953-09-13 27 109 33 49 6 0 10 32 17 11 1 2 .450 .508 .780 1.288 BRO
4 Joe Medwick 1942-05-23 1942-06-25 27 107 13 43 10 2 0 25 6 7 0 0 .402 .439 .533 .971 BRO
5 Paul Lo Duca 2003-05-17 2003-06-18 25 102 14 43 8 1 4 14 8 4 0 1 .422 .449 .637 1.086 LAD
6 Steve Sax 1986-09-01 1986-09-27 25 106 15 43 10 0 1 13 7 9 11 5 .406 .457 .528 .985 LAD
7 Willie Davis 1971-05-05 1971-06-02 25 108 17 43 5 1 0 13 5 2 4 0 .398 .405 .463 .868 LAD
8 Buzz Boyle 1934-05-01 1934-06-05 25 116 24 40 8 3 2 11 7 11 3 0 .345 .406 .517 .923 BRO
9 Harvey Hendrick 1929-04-20 1929-05-30 25 93 19 41 9 1 3 21 3 9 4 0 .441 .490 .656 1.146 BRO
10 John Shelby 1988-05-14 1988-06-09 24 89 18 32 8 2 2 12 19 10 7 0 .360 .420 .562 .982 LAD
11 Zack Wheat 1924-08-21 1924-09-10 24 102 24 44 13 4 5 28 6 8 0 1 .431 .473 .784 1.257 BRO
12 Brett Butler 1991-06-15 1991-07-12 23 91 20 35 0 0 0 6 9 20 10 5 .385 .495 .385 .880 LAD
13 Duke Snider 1950-08-13 1950-09-05 23 93 14 32 9 1 3 14 12 13 4 3 .344 .425 .559 .984 BRO
14 Nomar Garciaparra 2006-06-16 2006-07-13 22 89 19 32 4 0 5 14 6 7 1 0 .360 .437 .573 1.010 LAD
15 Pee Wee Reese 1951-07-20 1951-08-15 22 97 17 33 5 2 3 17 7 8 6 2 .340 .390 .526 .916 BRO
16 Steve Garvey 1978-04-07 1978-05-02 21 89 17 29 4 1 3 16 8 4 2 2 .326 .355 .494 .849 LAD
17 Jackie Robinson 1947-06-14 1947-07-04 21 84 23 30 5 0 0 6 5 12 5 0 .357 .438 .417 .854 BRO
18 Lefty O'Doul 1932-08-04 1932-08-24 21 87 23 40 5 0 6 18 1 8 5 0 .460 .510 .724 1.235 BRO
19 Steve Garvey 1978-09-09 1978-09-30 20 74 10 36 7 1 2 16 11 7 1 1 .486 .524 .689 1.214 LAD
20 Maury Wills 1965-07-06 1965-07-27 20 89 20 41 3 3 0 7 6 3 22 5 .461 .478 .562 1.040 LAD
21 Tommy Davis 1964-07-19 1964-08-08 20 79 10 27 0 0 2 15 5 3 0 0 .342 .369 .418 .787 LAD
22 Tommy Davis 1960-07-30 1960-08-20 20 85 9 31 7 0 3 11 5 2 1 0 .365 .375 .553 .928 LAD
23 Johnny Frederick 1933-06-11 1933-06-28 20 85 13 27 4 1 1 12 3 4 0 0 .318 .356 .424 .779 BRO
24 Babe Herman 1929-07-31 1929-08-22 20 79 18 36 11 2 2 13 4 10 1 0 .456 .517 .722 1.238 BRO
25 Eddie Brown 1924-08-26 1924-09-13 20 87 16 30 11 2 0 22 3 5 1 0 .345 .380 .517 .898 BRO
Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
26 Zack Wheat 1923-05-07 1923-05-30 20 80 17 33 5 2 1 17 4 8 1 0 .413 .466 .563 1.028 BRO
27 Jimmy Johnston 1921-05-21 1921-06-11 20 88 12 34 8 2 1 12 5 6 4 3 .386 .426 .557 .982 BRO
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Generated 5/3/2011.

Let's also take the time to marvel once again at the fact that Ethier is still just halfway to this streak:

Rk Strk Start End Games AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Tm
1 Joe DiMaggio 1941-05-15 1941-07-16 56 223 56 91 16 4 15 55 5 21 0 1 .408 .463 .717 1.181 NYY
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Generated 5/3/2011.

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10 Responses to “Longest Dodger Hit Streaks”

  1. I'm always startled by seeing Dimaggio's low strikeout rates put into context. Only 5 Ks in his 56 game streak - wow. That is what keeps streaks alive, because (obviously) you can't get a hit if you don't put the ball in play.

    Conversely, at 20 Ks in 28 games, Ethier will be challenged to keep his streak going. But, I certainly wish him well in doing so as long as he can.

  2. In the rest of 2003, Paul Lo Duca hit .240 with 3 HRS and SLG and OBP right around .300, OPS of about .620.

  3. I see that Steve Garvey (like Dimaggio) had two 20+ game hit streaks in the same season. But, that's where the similarity ends.

    And, look at Jackie Robinson's streak in his first season - talk about handling pressure, abuse, media glare and everything else. That's impressive.

  4. The thing that still drives me crazy about '41 is that Ted Williams actually outperformed DiMaggio not only over the course of the season, but also over the course of the streak. He hit for a higher average, got on-base more, and had a bigger OPS. One of the more amusing tidbits from that historic season.

  5. Larry R. Says:

    @4

    Another tidbit... in game 57 of DiMag's streak he was robbed twice by Ken Keltner. He then started a 16-game streak the next game. If either of keltner's plays weren't made he would have had a 73-game hitting streak!

  6. @5
    another interesting tidbit about DiMaggio, He had a 61 game hitting
    streak in the PCL during the 1933 season.

    Amazing.

  7. The first thing that jumped out to me about Ethier's streak is his K's and walks. His BABIP is an extraordinary and unsustainable .464 right now. Joe DiMaggio had a BABIP at around .374 during his streak. I wish him the best of luck, but with how much he is striking out, it will be a challenge. All the more impressive, though, if he continues over 30!

  8. John Autin Says:

    How about that 23-game streak by Brett Butler?
    -- 35 hits ... all singles.
    -- 20 walks, giving him a .495 OBP.

    Butler led the 1991 NL in walks (108) and runs (112); led in times on base by a large margin; was 2nd to Bonds with a .401 OBP; and was 8th in oWAR despite just 20 extra-base hits.

  9. And DiMaggio had a long streak in the minors, too. He must have been a hitting machine. The low strikeout totals every year means he was always putting the ball in play.
    http://pinetarandbrickbats.blogspot.com/2011/05/braves-brewers-and-memory.html

  10. Mets Maven Says:

    @1
    That season, Joe D also had a 41-game stretch without a strikeout (June 10 - July 25). Simply amazing.