A 75-year-old major league record was tied Thursday afternoon.
During his club's game against the Rangers, Rockies rookie outfielder David Dahl laced a single to right field against right-hander Lucas Harrell, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. That ties the longest hitting streak to begin a career in MLB history.
Here's the video of Dahl's record-tying hit:
Dahl now shares the record with Chuck Aleno, who started his career with a hit in 17 straight games way back in 1941. Only four players have ever started their careers with a hit in 16 straight games. Here's the list:
- David Dahl, 2016 Rockies: 17 games
- Chuck Aleno, 1941 Reds: 17 games
- Juan Pierre, 2000 Rockies: 16 games
- Willie Jones, 1950 Phillies 16 games
No other players have even a 14-game hitting streak to begin their careers. It's kinda crazy that, as of two days ago, Dahl had the fourth longest hitting streak to begin a career in MLB history, but only the second longest in Rockies history.
The 22-year-old Dahl has quite a backstory. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft and he dealt with a ton of injuries in the minors. Just last season Dahl was involved in an outfield collision so violent he had to have his spleen removed.
Dahl went into Thursday's game hitting .365/.394/.619 with three home runs in his first 16 MLB games. He'll look to get a hit in his 18th straight game on Friday, against fellow rookie Jake Thompson of the Phillies.