The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero

The Streak

By Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Terry Widener
Calkins Creek
ISBN: 978-1590789926

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In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting streak in baseball history. But when Betsy Ann goes missing, can DiMaggio keep hitting? Set on the brink of World War II, this is a spellbinding account of a sports story that united the country, and made DiMaggio a hero at a time when one was profoundly needed.  

Back matter includes headlines, quotations, baseball stats, and a detailed bibliography.

Awards & Honors



“A rousing and inspiring account of an athletic achievement that has yet to be bested.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
“With Terry Widener’s lovely, fluid paintings, author Barb Rosenstock mixes history, biography and romantic nostalgia.”
“DiMaggio’s remarkable hitting streak is freshly presented for a new generation of fans.”
—Kirkus Reviews
“Rosenstock captures the drama surrounding the feat…”
—School Libary Journal
“Rosenstock ably places baseball fever in the context of DiMaggio’s times.”
—The Horn Book
4 stars graphic (long)