Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 1959: Boyer Extends His Hitting Streak To 29

On September 12, 1959,  Ken Boyer went 2 for 5 with a home run and a triple in a 6-4 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was Boyer's 29th consecutive game with a hit and a personal best for the man who was named team captain earlier that season. Boyer was assisted by a complete game, 10 strikeout performance from a 23 year old rookie hurler by the name of Bob Gibson. The Cardinals Captain took care of extending the streak in the first with a two run shot that put the Birds on the board first. The Cards never trailed in this one Gibby had a comfortable 6-1 lead until he served up a 3 run shot to Walt Moryn that tightened things up a bit. The young pitcher shut the Chicago lineup down the rest of the way to pick up the second win of his career. Unfortunately Boyer's impressive streak came to an end the next day, however, it is still good for the fourth longest hitting streak in the history of the Cardinals organization. Only Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, and Albert Pujols have extended a hitting streak beyond 29 games, Hornsby set the record for the organization with 33 in 1922, Musial reached 30 in 1950, and Pujols tied Musial with 30 in a row in 2003.

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