NEW YORK (AP) - Ah, the pressures of a 56-game hitting streak.
``If I thought this would be taking place,'' Joe DiMaggio laments in a diary entry about the public relations frenzy, ``I would have stopped the hitting streak at 40.''
The 1991 confession is part of a 2,000-page, 29 volume collection of the New York Yankees icon's diaries, now being offered for sale by Steiner Sports Marketing.
The diaries were written between 1982 and 1993. Some of the entries indicate that the grind had been getting to Joltin' Joe for years.
In 1989, DiMaggio wrote that a flurry of autograph signing on ``Old Timers Day'' was ``beginning to be too much stress.''
``Traveling getting to be damn much,'' he wrote in 1987. Noted another entry: ``Plane food should be fed to pigs.''
But there was plenty of pomp and circumstance, as well, including a White House dinner hosted by President Reagan for Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
``After dinner, proceeded to another room to hear Van Cliburn play. Mrs. Gorbachev requested a song that Cliburn played and Mrs. Gorbachev sang along,'' wrote DiMaggio.
``Had to buy a new shirt because neck size down to 15 1/2.''
On July 16, 1941, DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to 56 games with a 3-for-4 day as the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 10-3. The Hall of Fame center fielder, who played for the Yankees from 1936 to 1951, died in 1999.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Pirates vs. Cardinals Prediction Will tonight's Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN between the Pirates and Cardinals be low-scoring?
Thumbnail Phillies vs. Diamondbacks Prediction Will the Phillies and Diamondbacks rack up plenty of runs in Arizona today at 4:10PM ET when the two teams wrap up their series?
Thumbnail Tigers vs. Padres Pick Will the San Diego Padrescomplete a rare sweep today when they host the Detroit Tigers...
Thumbnail Rockies vs. Dodgers Prediction The Dodgers have won nine of their last 10 but can the Rockies pull off the upset today in L.A.?
Thumbnail Astros vs. Mariners Pick Will the Houston Astros salvage a split with the Seattle Mariners when the two close out their series today at 4:10PM...

MLB Team Pages