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On This Date in Cardinals History: July 21, 1936

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Cardinals slugging outfielder Joe Medwick setting the National League record for most consecutive hits with 10.

Medwick, who hit .329 in 1936 with 19 homers and 138 RBIs, had hits in the first three of his five plate appearances. But the Cardinals lost the game to the Giants at the Polo Grounds in New York.

The feat has twice been eclipsed by American Leaguers. Mike Higgins of the Red Sox collected 12 hits in row in 1938 and Walt Dropo of the Tigers did the same in 1952.

Of course, Medwick's accomplishment only served as the warm-up for his historic 1937 season. Ducky won the National League MVP award by winning the triple crown with a .374 batting average 31 homers and 154 driven in. No NL player has won a triple crown since.

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