BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - The baseball player who hit in 37 consecutive games in 1945 to set a modern National League record
that stood until it was broken by Pete Rose has died in South Florida.
His family says Tommy Holmes died today of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Boca Raton. He was 91.
Holmes' hitting streak came while he played for the Boston Braves and is the ninth longest in major league history. Rose hit in 44 in a row in 1978, the post-1900 NL mark.
In 11 years in the majors with the Braves and Brooklyn Dodgers, Holmes had a .302 batting average, 88 home runs and 581 RBIs. From
1973 to 2003, he worked for the New York Mets as director of amateur baseball relations.
His daughter, Patricia Stone, says Tommy Holmes watched games until the end of his life.
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