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Joe DiMaggio Always Rose To the Occasion

his head and flashing a deprecatory grin, Joe DiMaggio started talking about it again.

"There has to be an element of luck to it," he modestly told a group of baseball writers, "but the one thing that sticks in my mind is that whenever I kept the streak alive with a scratch hit, I always came through in that same game with an honest hit that could not be questioned. That's what made it so satisfying."

DiMaggio recalled one game in which he was facing the St. Louis Browns' Eldon Auker, who was a tough submarine ball pitcher. Auker had held Joe hitless going to the ninth inning. The Yankee Clipper was scheduled to bat fourth.

Auker retired the first hitter, bringing up Red Rolfe, who worked out a walk. Tommy Henrich, who followed ...

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