Records were made to be broken. Except this one, which was noted in the Telegram-Tribune 70 years ago this week.
Never is a long time, but to give a sense of baseball perspective, when Joe DiMaggio did it only four other men in the history of Major League Baseball had 40-game hitting streaks.
Only Pete Rose has done it since. No one had ever hit in 50-plus games before, or since.
DiMaggio had a good day at the plate, day after day, in an era when air-conditioning was almost nonexistent and teams traveled by train. He was playing for a team in a pennant race that everyone wanted to beat. Granted, modern players face more fresh relief pitching and night games, but they are also better conditioned, have more complete scouting and videotapes to study. Many other records have been demolished in my lifetime: Home runs, stolen bases, even the record for consecutive games played was broken by Cal Ripkin.
Even so, to have that level of concentration, consistency and excellence is a thing of wonder.
In the midst of relentless news of war at the time, this one ray of optimism was allowed an inch or two on the front page.