Discuss these historical hitting streaks, current streaks, rookie streaks, and other impressive streaks on Baseball Fever today. Worth discussing is this October 2, 2005, press release statement from Major League Baseball in respect to Jimmy Rollins thirty-six game hitting streak and the removal of Billy Hamilton's 36-game streak in 1894:
Rollins Hit Streak Reaches 36
The streak will remain active for next season, and Rollins will need a hit in 21 more games to pass Joe DiMaggio's 65-year-old record. The record-setting game would come next April, pending no rainouts and no games sat out.
If Rollins does it, he would be recognized as the all-time leader, but not as the single-season leader, unless he kept it going.
Source: MLB.com (Ken Mandel, 10/02/2005).
Phillies hitting streaks history
Outfielder Billy Hamilton's 36-game hitting streak (1894): the Phillies learned this morning from Elias Sports Bureau that this record was eliminated a few years ago when researchers uncovered an 0-for-3 for Hamilton in a game that was protested. Somehow this game was omitted when compiling the hitting streak.
Ed Delahanty's 31-game hitting streak in 1899 is the longest in Phillies history, July 15 through August 18, 2nd game; 53 for 128, a .411 average.
Chuck Klein is next with two 26-game hitting streaks in 1930: May 18, 2nd game through June 17; 53 for 109, a .486 average. July 12, 1st game through August 3, 1st game; 49 for 113, a .434 average.
Klein also had a 14-game hitting streak stopped on July 11, just before starting his second 26-game streak. Over 73 games between May 18, 2nd game, and August 3, 1st game, he hit safely in 70 games. He was hitless June 20, June 26, 1st game, and July 11.
**As a point of reference, walks were included in official stats when it came to compiling hitting streaks in 1887. This was the only year in which walks were included.
Source: MLB.com (09/21/2005).