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Vince DiMaggio

There are just some things you don’t want to be known for. Striking out is one of them. Now we all know some great hitters have had a problem with it. Babe Ruth is one of them.

On October 2, 1938, Vince DiMaggio strikes out four times. Vince is an outfielder for the Boston Bees. The Bees would loose 3-2 that day. Obviously Vince didn’t help. It was the last day of the season for the Bees. They were playing at the Polo Grounds against New York.

Vince extended his major league record to a season total of 129. Yee gads. This broke the record of Gus Williams’ major league mark of 120 whiffs established by the Browns’ outfielder in 1914.

Vince began his professional career in 1932 with the Tucson Lizards of the Class-D Arizona–Texas League, hitting .347 with 25 homers and 81 RBI. What could be worse than playing for the Lizzards? Setting a record for strike outs I think.

He led the Arizona–Texas League in home runs, with eight more than runner-up Cal Lahman. He played 94 games with the Lizards that year, finishing the season with the San Francisco Seals of the Class-AA Pacific Coast League. With the Seals, he hit .270 with 6 home runs in 59 games.

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