It wasn't the pressure, it was the anonymity that George McQuinn now 69, remembers about the 1938 season when he had a consecutive-game batting streak of 34.
The feat was so little regarded then that the product of Arlington, Va., got a raise that season from the St. Louis Browns. But not for the streak. It was because he hit .324 for a seventh-place team (which became the present Baltimore Orioles).
"There really was no pressure on me," said McQuinn, who now lives in Alexandria, semiretired, as an apartment-building desk clerk. "There wasn't all the hullabaloo back in those days, especially with the Browns.
"The sad part was that I was in Philadelphia (to play against the Athletics), the last game before we were going to New York to play the Yankees.
"A New York paper sent a photogtapher down to Philly and he must have taken 50 pictures, from every possible angle, the whole works.
"So I went none for four and missed all that publicity - against a pitcher I always hit good, Buck Ross."
McQuinn thought about the current streak of Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds and chuckled as he said, "I should have bunted, like Pete did the other day . . . or made a deal with the third baseman to play back deep; the A's weren't going anywhere and we weren't either."
McQuinn said he never bunted during his streak. "I broke the National League record of the time (held by Rogers Hornsby for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1922)."
McQuinn fell eight short of beating the record for his own league, held by George Sister of the Browns since 1922."
"I got a raise at the end of the 1933 season, but for my average not for my streak," McQuinn recalled.
"The longer Pete Rose goes the more pressure there will be, what with today's television and newspapermen after him day in and day out.
"The newspapermen never bothered me, never interviewed me until the day my streak was stopped. There was no pressure on me like there was on Joe DiMaggio the year he hit in 56 games (1941). Twice he was stopped until his last time at bat.
"I'll never forget - he hit one of those two times just about six inches above the upraised glove of our third baseman, Harlond Clift."
McQuinn remarked that pitchers were not yanked so often as they are now, which might be making it tougher on Rose, "but we faced some pretty good relief pitchers, like Johnny Murphy and Joe Page of the Yankees.
"Rose does not have to worry about whether he is facing a left- or right-handed pitcher because he is a switch hitter."
McQuinn remarked with some pride that no one ever pinch hit for him from 1936 to 1945 with Cincinnati, St. Louis, the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Yankees. He had a career batting average of .276.
He played in World Series with the Browns in 1944, batting .438, and with the Yankees in 1947, batting .130.