Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Streakers

"Guess you could call him unique."~ Ray Stevens, The Streak

If you are old enough to have lived through the Seventies, then odds are you remember the 'streaking' fad that swept across the nation during the early part of the decade. It was even immortalized in the 1974 country song,'The Streak' by Ray Stevens- which hit number one in both the U.K. and the United States. My only encounter with this craze was shortly after the song took off, and happened at (fittingly) the drag strip.

We had made one of our frequent trips to the drag races (my dad is a huge racing fan, whether NASCAR, NHRA, Formula 1)- I believe it was the Nightfire Nationals- and at some point two cars screamed down the track towards the finish line, where, once they stopped, the two drivers (a man and a woman) got out of their cars, stripped and came running back up the track. Only- I didn't get to see it, as my mother had covered my eyes. My five year-old self didn't have a clue as to what was going on and why my mom would go crazy like she did.

I had forgotten all about this pop-culture phenomenon until reading an article in the most recent issue of Baseball Digest. The article highlighted the top single-season offensive statistical streaks in major league history and gave birth to what you're reading at this moment. Let's take a PEEK at some of these 'Streakers.'

MLB
Most Consecutive Games With a Hit: Joe DiMaggio (DUH!)

2000 Upper Deck Legends Ones for the Ages #O7 - Mike Piazza - Courtesy of COMC.com

Consecutive Games with an RBI: Ray Grimes (1922 Cubs)- 17 games, 27 RBI
                                     2nd Place: Mike Piazza (2000 Mets)- 15 games, 28 RBI


NOTHING ON BUT A SMILE

2007 Topps Turkey Red #96 - Derek Lee - Courtesy of COMC.com
Consecutive Games with a Double: Derek Lee (2007 Cubs)- 8 games, 10 doubles


1987 Drake's #8 - Don Mattingly - Courtesy of COMC.com
Consecutive Games with a Home Run: Dale Long (1956 Pirates)- 8 games, 8 homers
                                                               Don Mattingly (1987 Yankees)- 8 games, 10 homers
                                                               Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993 Mariners)- 8 games, 8 homers

BOOGEDY, BOOGEDY!!!

2006 Ultra Diamond Producers #DP2 - Chipper Jones - Courtesy of COMC.com
Consecutive Games with an Extra-Base Hit: Paul Waner (1927 Pirates) 14 games (12 doubles, 5 triples, 3 homers)
                                                                        Chipper Jones (2006 Braves) 14 games (8 doubles, 1 triple, 7 homers)

Look at that, look at that. Fastest thing on two feet

2000 Stadium Club #109 - Kenny Lofton - Courtesy of COMC.com
Consecutive Games with a Run: Red Rolfe (1939 Yankees) 18 games, 30 runs scored
                                                     Kenny Lofton (2000 Indians) 18 games, 26 runs scored


1969 Topps #423 - Bert Campaneris AS [Good to VG‑EX] - Courtesy of COMC.com
Consecutive Games with a Stolen Base: Bert Campaneris (1969 A's) 12 games, 15 stolen bases
                                               2nd Place:  Ricky Henderson (1983 A's) 11 games, 19 stolen bases



 

2 comments:

  1. I don't have much experience with streakers, but Firebird Raceway is just up the road from my hometown.

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    1. Cool- I see from your profile that we're not very far from one another! I was born in Nampa & live in Caldwell.

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