Major League Baseball Players With a Hit in 30-or-more Games
Hitting streaks are covered in Rule 10.24 of the Major League Baseball Official Rule Book which states the following guidelines for cumulative performance records (specifically those dealing with batting streaks):
A consecutive hitting streak shall not be terminated if the plate appearance results in a base on balls, hit batsman, defensive interference or a sacrifice bunt. A sacrifice fly shall terminate the streak.
Consecutive Game Hitting Streaks: A consecutive game hitting streak shall not be terminated if all the player's plate appearances (one or more) result in a base on balls, hit batsman, defensive interference or a sacrifice bunt. The streak shall terminate if the player has a sacrifice fly and no hit. The player's individual consecutive game hitting streak shall be determined by the consecutive games in which the player appears and is not determined by his club's games.
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a list of EVERY Major League ball player who has had at least one hit in a minimum of thirty games. Ties are broken down in chronological order to honor those who came before.
Baseball Players With A Hit in 30-or-more Straight Games
2005 - 2006
30+ Game Hitting Streaks | Streak Records | Research by Baseball Almanac
When Joe DiMaggio played for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League he had a sixty-one game hitting streak with a total of one-hundred four hits five games longer than his Major League record (#1)!
Rollins Hit Streak Reaches 36
The streak will remain active for next season, and Rollins will need a hit in 21 more games to pass Joe DiMaggio's 65-year-old record. The record-setting game would come next April, pending no rainouts and no games sat out.
If Rollins does it, he would be recognized as the all-time leader, but not as the single-season leader, unless he kept it going.
Source: MLB.com (Ken Mandel, 10/02/2005).
Phillies hitting streaks history
Outfielder Billy Hamilton's 36-game hitting streak (1894): the Phillies learned this morning from Elias Sports Bureau that this record was eliminated a few years ago when researchers uncovered an 0-for-3 for Hamilton in a game that was protested. Somehow this game was omitted when compiling the hitting streak.
Chuck Klein is next with two 26-game hitting streaks in 1930: May 18, 2nd game through June 17; 53 for 109, a .486 average. July 12, 1st game through August 3, 1st game; 49 for 113, a .434 average.
Klein also had a 14-game hitting streak stopped on July 11, just before starting his second 26-game streak. Over 73 games between May 18, 2nd game, and August 3, 1st game, he hit safely in 70 games. He was hitless June 20, June 26, 1st game, and July 11.
**As a point of reference, walks were included in official stats when it came to compiling hitting streaks in 1887. This was the only year in which walks were included.
Source: MLB.com (09/21/2005).