On This Date 6/18/1897

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Wee Willie Keeler of the Baltimore Orioles extends his hitting streak to 44 games, extending the National League record. Keeler’s streak will end the following day. He had gotten a hit in each of the Orioles’ first 44 games. The streak actually was 45 games, as he had a hit in the final game of the 1896 season, but all streaks end when the season ends, so the streak was recorded at 44 games. The diminutive Keeler, listed at 5’4″, was famous for saying, “hit it where they ain’t.” Keeler’s record has only been topped by Joe DiMaggio in 1941, while Pete Rose equaled the streak in 1978.