On November 11, 1941, the American League Most Valuable Player Award went to Joe DiMaggio, who hit 30 home runs, 125 RBIs, and collected 348 total bases. DiMaggio also led the Yankees to a 101-53 season that culminated with their ninth World Series title. In the midst of all of this, the Yankee Clipper also had a Major League-record 56-game hitting streak along the way.
DiMaggio edged out Ted Williams in the voting for the award. Williams remains the last player to finish a season with a .400 average, doing so when he hit .406 in 1941. Williams’s season won him the American League batting title by a whopping 47 points that year, however, his efforts fell short in the league’s MVP voting.
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I was reading this guy’s blog the other day and he pointed out how incredible Musial was as far as hitting home runs and not striking out. I mentioned it to a friend and he told me to check out DiMaggio so I did and I was like “what the hell. How is that even possible!” He hit 30 home runs in 1941 and only struck out 13 times! And Williams wasn’t too shabby either, hitting 37 bombs and only striking out 27 times.