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Andre Ethier extends hitting streak to 22 games

Apr 25, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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Andre Ethier extended his career-best hitting streak to 22 games with a single in his first at-bat tonight against the Marlins, which matches his former manager Joe Torre for the longest hitting streak ever in April.

Torre hit in 22 consecutive April games back in 1971 as a member of the Cardinals. It was the same year he won the National League MVP award for leading the league with a career-high .363 batting average, 230 hits and 137 RBI. Wow. Sometimes we forget that Torre was a pretty darn good baseball player.

As of this post, Ethier is batting .385 (35-for-91) with two homers, eight doubles and 13 RBI on the young season.

  1. Glenn - Apr 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Torre actually had the April hit streak in 1972, the year after his MVP award.

    • D.J. Short - Apr 25, 2011 at 10:26 PM

      That doesn’t make any sense. There was a strike in 1972 that didn’t end until mid-April.

      • Glenn - Apr 26, 2011 at 8:48 PM

        I heard 1972 on TV (ESPN?) and then I saw multiple internet sources also saying 1972 for the hit streak. Forgive me for believing the AP et al.

    • losburrosinblue - Apr 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

      The AP mis-reported this. As DJ noted, April 1972 was strike-shortened and the Cardinals only played 13 games. Torre’s 22-game streak was from 4/6/71 through 4/28/71. He went 0-for-3 against the Mets on 4/29/71.

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