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Teddy "84" Ballgame

Major league record for consecutive games reaching base.

Teddy "84" Ballgame

Jim Thome. (H. Rumph Jr/AP file photo)
Jim Thome. (H. Rumph Jr/AP file photo)

After Darin Ruf extended his consecutive games reaching base streak to 32 on Sunday, we posted a list of the Phillies' career leaders in that department. That was topped by Mike Schmidt's 56 consecutive games over the 1981-82 seasons.

Monday, someone asked who was the major league's record-holder, and while the answer (Ted Williams) would surely be your first or second guess (Joe DiMaggio would be the other), some of the other people on the list are surprising.

Jim Thome, for instance, is not one you would expect on that list. But when he joined the Phillies at the beginning of the 2003 season, he was working on a streak of 55 games. He would pick up another five in the red pinstripes before the Pirates hung an 0-for-4 on him.

It is also worth noting that in addition to having the first- (84) and third-longest (73) streaks in major league baseball since 1916, Williams also had streaks of 48, 47, 46 and 44 games.

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Schmidt's 56, by the way, is tied for 15th.

 Player  Team  G  First Game  Last Game  OBA   
 Ted Williams  Red Sox  84     July 1, 1949  Sept. 27, 1949     .518
 Joe DiMaggio  Yankees  74  May 14, 1941  Aug. 2, 1941  .468
 Ted Williams  Red Sox  73  July 20, 1941  April 18, 1942  .597
 Orlando Cabrera     Angels  63  April 25, 2006  July 6, 2006  .372
 Mark McGwire  Athletics  61  Sept. 16, 1995     June 18, 1996  .479
 Jim Thome  Indians-Phils     60  July 28, 2002  April 5, 2003  .502
 Duke Snider  Dodgers  58  May 13, 1954  July 11, 1954  .448
 Will Clark  Rangers  58  Sept. 6, 1995  May 11, 1996  .425
 Six tied  —  57      
 Four tied    56      
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