On This Date In History: May 15, 1941

On May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio went 1 for 3 in a Yankees loss to the Chicago White Sox.  That seemingly inconsequential game was actually the start of a streak that reamins unmatched to this day.

From that May day through the middle of July, Joltin' Joe had at least one hit in 56 consecutive games.  That's 56 games, in a row, with at least one hit.  Amazing.  No one has even come close to matching that.  Pete Rose got to 44 in 1978, but we don't think that counts as close. 

Here's a shot of Joe after tying the previous record of 44 consecutive games, held by Willie Keeler.

Joe's stats during "The Streak" are impressive.  

  • .408 average
  • 91 hits in 223 at bats
  • 56 runs scored
  • 16 doubles, 4 triples
  • 15 HR's
  • 21 Walks
  • 5 strikeouts

With the entire country caught up in DiMaggio mania, this amazing run came to an end on the evening of July 16 in a game against Cleveland. 

Will it ever be matched?  We don't think so, but let us know what you think.

Joe shows his 0 for 3 stats after the game that ended the streak.

 

 

 

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On This Date In History: May 14, 1981

On this date in history, May 14, 1981, the Boston Celtics won their 14th NBA Championship.

The six game series against the Houston Rockets, featuring Moses Malone,  was surprising for a couple of reasons, primarily because Houston was in the series at all.  The Del Harris coached Rockets entered the playoffs with the worst regular season record of all 12 playoff teams (40 - 42).  Needless to say, nobody thought they'd fight their way into the NBA Finals.  Once they made it in to the championship round, most thought a Celtics sweep was inevitable, except the Rockets of course.

Game one went to the Celtics.  That game will be a part of NBA history forever , not so much because of the outcome, but because it featured one of Larry Bird's greatest moments.  Watch the clip below where you'll see this moment captured as Bird's #1 playoff moment of all time. The picture is a hint, but watch the clip for the real thing.

 

Game two went to the Rockets 92 - 90.  The Celts blew out the Rockets in Houston 94 - 71 to take game three.  Game four to Houston at home 91 - 86.  Game five was back in Boston with the Celtics in another blowout, 109 - 80.  The sixth and final game was in Houston with the boys in green topping the Rockets 102 - 91.  The inevitable ultimately happened, but the Rockets made sure that it was a series to be remembered.

Celtics 1980 - 81 Championship Roster

Nate Archibald

Larry Bird

M.L. Carr

Terry Duerod

Eric Fernsten

Chris Ford

Gerald Henderson

Wayne Kreklow

Cedric Maxwell

Kevin McHale

Robert Parish

Rick Robey

Coach: Bill Fitch

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Happy Birthday Dennis Rodman

Mitchell & Ness wishes a Happy Birthday to Dennis Rodman.  We were thrilled late last year when we finally acquired the rights to make Rodman's jerseys.  He was a big hole in our Pistons "Bad Boy" collection.  But now, we are finally able to offer the jerseys of Isiah Thomas, Rick Mahorn, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer and Dennis Rodman.  

Back to "The Worm".

At this point, when you think of Rodman, you might think of this: 

or this:

or this:

But today, on his 48th birthday, remember these:

  • Defensive Player of the Year - 1989 - 90 & 1990 - 91
  • 29 rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks on December 12, 1997
  • Seven time member of the NBA All Defensive Team
  • Two time NBA All Star
  • NBA leader in rebounding for seven consecutive seasons
  • Member of FIVE NBA Championship teams (3 with the Bulls & 2 with the Pistons)

Happy Birthday Dennis.  We'll always think of you as an incredible basketball player.

  

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J-Rol Goes Green

Jimmy Rollins sat courtisde and watched the 76ers be eliminated from the post season by the Orlando Magic on April 30th.  The only thing that looked good inside of the Wachovia Center that night was Jimmy's green Mitchell & Ness Beat the Tag track jacket.

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A Mitchell & Ness History Lesson

Here is the first installment of an ongoing series on the history of Mitchell & Ness.

While you may know Mitchell & Ness as the company that makes authentic jerseys and fashionable lifestyle apparel and headwear, you may not know what Mitchell & Ness used to sell.  

From 1952 to 1982, the Mitchell & Ness Sporting Goods store had a full service, in-house ski shop. 

 

Willy Hischman was the man behind the “Ski Hut.” 

He made sure that every customer that walked through the door was set up with a reliable pair of skis and boots, as well as providing the day’s ski report for various mountains in the Poconos. Customers could also find jackets, gloves, and hats to keep them warm. Truly a one-stop shop!

Check back soon for another peek into the 105 year history of Mitchell & Ness.

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