Saturday, June 2, 2012

June 2

1997 EX-2000 #12 - Albert Belle

On this day in 1997, Albert Belle ended his twenty-seven game hitting streak, which tied the longest hitting streak (to that point) in Chicago White Sox history.

Albert certainly gave it his all trying to extend his hitting streak. He walked twice, hit two flyballs to center field and hit a screaming liner to left field, but nothing dropped in for a hit. The previous game, Belle had tied Luke Appling for the longest hitting streak in White Sox history. In 2004, Carlos Lee would eclipse both Appling and Albert "Don't Call Me Joey" Belle by hitting in twenty-eight straight games.

Belle would get hits in his next four games after ending the streak. If luck had been with him on June 2, 1997, he might have ended up with a thirty-two game hitting streak, which would still be the club's longest. Alas, Albert will have to settle for the White Sox single season record for home runs with forty-nine dingers.

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