DiMaggio supplies lead; NY can't prevent tie

DiMaggio supplies lead; NY can't prevent tie

NEW YORK, May 23, 1941 -- The Yankees didn't lose Friday. They didn't win, either, but at this point early in a season that's been slow to get moving, they'll take the 9 to 9 tie against the Boston Red Sox as proof positive that at least their bats are heating up in time for the summer.

Storm clouds persisted throughout the afternoon until darkness finally fell on the Bronx after a slog of more than three hours between two clubs that wouldn't give an inch. The game was called and will be made up later in the season, but the Yankees rapped out 10 hits en route to their half of the day's scoring, and those will stand.

Joe DiMaggio's run to 56: Rewriting the record

Boston got off to a quick start, scoring two runs in the first inning when center fielder Dom DiMaggio, the brother of Yankees slugger Joe, led off with a single against New York pitcher Spud Chandler and then scored on a two-run home run by Lou Finney. But the Yankees answered right back, tying it at 2 in the bottom of the frame, thanks to a Joe DiMaggio sacrifice fly and a Charlie Keller double.

The Yankees took a two-run lead in the second on a two-run homer by Tommy Henrich and tacked on another run in the third when Bill Dickey singled home Keller, but the Red Sox began to cut into the lead in the fifth, cutting New York's advantage to 5 to 4 when Ted Williams singled in two runs.

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Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon's single combined with Dom DiMaggio's fielding error allowed Keller to score New York's sixth tally in the bottom of the fifth, but Dom DiMaggio atoned for the miscue by singling in a run in the top of the sixth.

The scoring seesaw continued, with the Yankees making it 7 to 5 in the seventh on a triple by Keller that turned into a run-scoring hit when Boston third baseman Jimmie Foxx's error allowed him to scamper home. Boston then tied it once again in the eighth, loading the bases to set up Finney's run-scoring forceout and a Williams sacrifice fly.

Joe DiMaggio was kept quiet at the plate until the eighth, when he singled in the go-ahead run, and the Yankees increased the lead to 9-7 on a sacrifice fly by Jerry Priddy. But Boston tied it with two out in the ninth on an Oscar Judd single and the Yankees couldn't score the game-winner in the bottom of the frame before darkness set in and the game was called.

On May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio began his legendary 56-game hitting streak. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of that seemingly unbreakable record, we'll be doing a day-by-day account of the momentous feat.

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.