The longest hitting streak in the MLB began on May 15, 1941. The streak still stands, but some Baltimore Orioles players have come close to reaching it.
Even though Baltimore Orioles Cal Ripken Jr.has the record for the most consecutive games of 2,632, his longest hitting streaks were 17 games long in 1985, 86, and 92.
The longest hitting streak in Baltimore Orioles history dates back to the earliest days of baseball. Between 1989 and 1897, Willie Keeler of the National League Orioles had a 45-game hit streak. His ancient streak is the second-longest in baseball history after Joe DiMaggio‘s 56 games in 1941.
Before the Orioles became the Orioles, they were the St. Louis Browns. In 1922, George Sisler hit in 41 consecutive games, earning him the fifth spot in the top 10. Sisler was the epitome of consistent, as he is also in the 11th spot, tied with a few other players, with 35 hits.
In recent memory, the Orioles player with the most consecutive hits is Eric Davis, who hit in 30 consecutive games in 1998. Overall, only 37 MLB players have had streaks of 30 or more hits in the history of the game.
Unfortunately, the Orioles have been involved in some unfortunate stats regarding hitting – or not hitting. On April 12, 2019, Chris Davis ended a streak of no-hit plate appearances. The streak involved five games in 2018 and continued for 12 more in 2019. But that’s enough of that.
In 2019, the Orioles had a few more consecutive streaks, both good and bad. Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun captured the records in this Tweet from August 2019:
The #Orioles’ homer-related major league records include:
– Most consecutive games allowing multiple home runs
– Most consecutive games hitting multiple home runs
– Most games allowing 3+ home runs
– Most games allowing 4+ home runs
– Most games allowing 5+ home runs
— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) August 6, 2019
The pitching stats aren’t surprising, considering the Orioles performance on the mound in 2019. But, what is surprising is the number of multiple home-run games the 54-108 team scored. Several players contributed several home runs to the streak between July 17 and 27:
Put it in the books, #Birdland!
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 28, 2019
Dwight Smith Jr., Keon Broxton, Pedro Severino and Hanser Alberto each hit one during that ten-game stretch that included games against the Nationals, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, and Angels. Sometimes, it pays off being the underdog.
While we’re on the subject of Trey Mancini, he had a notable hitting streak during 2019. Between September 13 and 24, he hit in every game. During those 11 games, his slash was .471/.508/.824 with 24 hits including six doubles and four home runs. He drove in 17 RBI against the Blue Jays, Tigers, and Mariners.