Baseball fans know Yankee great Joe DiMaggio has the longest hitting streak in MLB history, as he hit safely in 56 games in 1941. But this record factors in both home and road games. Not many fans know about the longest road hitting streak or the longest home hitting streak in MLB history.
Two players qualify for the longest hitting streak away from their home parks. And the player with the longest hitting streak at home probably won’t surprise you.
Longest road hitting streak*: Derek Jeter
Newly elected Hall of Famer Derek Jeter holds the MLB record for the longest road hitting streak. But we did add an asterisk to this record because he didn’t do it all in the same season. Jeter had a 44-game hitting streak on the road — spread out over parts of two seasons.
His streak began on Aug. 20, 2006, when he went 2-for-4 with an RBI in an 8-5 Yankee victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. It ended on May 28, 2007, with another 2-for-4 effort. This one came in the first game of a three-game series against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre; the Yankees lost the contest, 7-2.
Jeter went 0-3 the next game, although he did reach on an error and come around to score a run in a 3-2 loss. This became the first two straight hitless road games for the Yankee shortstop. Jeter hit an impressive .359 away from the Bronx during his streak, going 66-for-184.
Ty Cobb, longest single-season road hitting streak
Hall of Famer Ty Cobb can also lay claim to the longest road hitting streak if you only count a streak within a single season. Not everyone likes to count a hitting streak that spreads across two seasons. After all, the player isn’t grinding for a hit every day with several months off in the offseason.
Cobb’s single-season mark stands at 39 games. It began on May 31, 1917. Cobb’s Tigers were in the Bronx that day, and he went 1-for-4 against the Yankees, with the Tigers winning a 2-0 contest. The last game of Cobb’s streak came on Aug. 7, 1917 — back at Yankee Stadium — with another 1-for-4 showing in a 7-1 loss.
Cobb’s streak was broken at Fenway the next day when he went 0-for-3. Like Jeter, he reached base in the streak-ending game as he drew a walk and scored a run. His hitless streak only lasted the one game; Cobb got a hit in each half of a doubleheader the following day.
Joe DiMaggio, longest home hitting streak
In addition to having the longest overall hitting streak, DiMaggio owns the record for the longest hitting streak in home games. Unsurprisingly, DiMaggio’s home streak came as part of his record-setting 56-game hitting streak.
During that stretch, he hit safely in 41 straight games at Yankee Stadium. On May 15, 1941, both of DiMaggio’s streaks began. The Yankees lost to the White Sox 13-1 that day, but he went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the game. DiMaggio’s home streak lasted for about two-and-a-half months, until Aug. 2, 1941.
The Yankees hosted the St. Louis Browns and won the game 2-0. DiMaggio had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, walk, and run. He probably wanted to forget the next day, though.
The Browns and Yankees played a doubleheader, with DiMaggio going 0-for-4 in each of those contests. He followed this up by going 0-for-8 with hits in his next four games. DiMaggio’s luck was officially over — if you can call it luck.
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