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MLB 2011 Exclusive: Interview with SI Editor Kostya Kennedy, Author of “56”

years ago to this day, Joe DiMaggio recorded a hit in his 56th consecutive game, an MLB record that stands to this day. Although other hitters have come close (most notably Pete Rose’s 44-game streak in 1978), DiMaggio’s streak stands as one of the most immortal accomplishments of all time.

The story of DiMaggio’s magical 56-game hit streak is the subject of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, a new book by Sports Illustrated senior editor, Kostya Kennedy.

In a unique fusion of baseball and history, 56 is written against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous years in American history: 1941. The Nazis were marching across Europe, the Japanese were dropping bombs on Pearl Harbor and the American people ...

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