3,000 hit club

3,000 hit club

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Pete Rose is the all-time MLB hits leader with 4,256 hits

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 3,000 hit club is the group of batters who have collected 3,000 or more regular-season hits in their careers. Cap Anson was the first to join the club on July 18, 1897, although his precise career hit total is unclear.[1] Two players—Nap Lajoie and Honus Wagner—reached 3,000 hits during the 1914 season. Ty Cobb became the club's fourth member in 1921 and became the first player in MLB history to reach 4,000 hits in 1927, ultimately finishing his career with more than 4,100.[7][2] Cobb, also MLB's all-time career batting average leader, remained the MLB hit leader until September 11, 1985, when Pete Rose collected his 4,192nd hit.[11] Rose, the current record holder, finished his career with 4,256 hits, an achievement that on its own would have qualified him for the Hall of Fame had Major League Baseball not banned him for life due to Rose's having gambled on games as a manager. Roberto Clemente's career ended with precisely 3,000 hits, reaching the mark in the last at bat of his career.[12][13][3] Alex Rodriguez is the most recent player to reach the milestone, achieving the feat on June 19, 2015.

In total, 29 players have reached the 3,000 hit mark in MLB history. Of these, 15 were right-handed batters, 12 were left-handed, and two were switch hitters, meaning they could bat from either side of the plate. Ten of these players have played for only one major league team. The Cleveland Indians are the only franchise to see three players reach the milestone while on their roster: Lajoie (while the franchise was known as the "Naps"), Tris Speaker, and Eddie Murray. Five players—Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, and Rodriguez—are also members of the 500 home run club. At .367, Cobb holds the highest career batting average among club members, while Cal Ripken, Jr. holds the lowest at .276. Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Wade Boggs are the only players to hit a home run for their 3,000th hit and Paul Molitor is the only player to hit a triple for his 3,000th; all others hit a single or double. Craig Biggio was thrown out at second base attempting to stretch his 3,000th hit, a single, into a double.[16] Biggio and Jeter are the only players to join the club in a game where they had five hits; Jeter reached base safely in all of his at bats.[17]

Baseball writer Josh Pahigian wrote that the club has been "long considered the greatest measure of superior bat handling."[18] Reaching 3,000 hits is often described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.[19][20][21] All eligible club members, with the exception of Palmeiro, have been elected to the Hall, and since 1962 all club members who have been inducted were elected on the first ballot, except for Biggio. Rose is ineligible for the Hall of Fame because he was permanently banned from baseball in 1989.[22][23] Palmeiro failed to be named on 5% of ballots and his name will be off the ballot for future elections.[24] The only active player on this list is Alex Rodriguez, who is the active leader in hits with 3,070.

Contents

  • Key 1
  • Members 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5

Key

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Ty Cobb reached 4,000 hits during the 1928 season and was the only player to reach this mark until Rose joined him in 1985.

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Paul Molitor is the only player to hit a triple for his 3,000th hit.

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Derek Jeter (left) and Dave Winfield (right) are both members of the club

Player Name of the player
Hits Career hits
Average Career batting average
Date Date of the player's 3,000th hit
Team The batter's team for his 3,000th hit
Seasons The seasons this player played in the major leagues
3,000th hit The type of hit the batter recorded for his 3,000th hit
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Player is active

Members

The statistics are updated through October 3, 2015.
Player Hits Average Date Team Seasons 3,000th hit Ref
Rose, PetePete Rose 4,256 .303 May 5, 1978 Cincinnati Reds 1963–1986 Single [25]
Cobb, TyTy Cobb 4,191[2] .367 August 19, 1921 Detroit Tigers 1905–1928 Single [10]
Aaron, HankHank Aaron 3,771 .305 May 17, 1970 Atlanta Braves 1954–1976 Single [26]
Musial, StanStan Musial 3,630 .331 May 13, 1958 St. Louis Cardinals 1941–1944, 1946–1963 Double [27]
Speaker, TrisTris Speaker 3,514 .345 May 17, 1925 Cleveland Indians 1907–1928 Single [28]
Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter 3,465 .310 July 9, 2011 New York Yankees 1995–2014 Home run [29]
Wagner, HonusHonus Wagner 3,430 .329 June 9, 1914 Pittsburgh Pirates 1897–1917 Double [30]
Yastrzemski, CarlCarl Yastrzemski 3,419 .285 September 12, 1979 Boston Red Sox 1961–1983 Single [31]
Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor 3,319 .306 September 16, 1996 Minnesota Twins 1978–1998 Triple [32]
Collins, EddieEddie Collins 3,314 .333 June 3, 1925 Chicago White Sox 1906–1930 Single [33]
Mays, WillieWillie Mays 3,283 .302 July 18, 1970 San Francisco Giants 1951–1952, 1954–1973 Single [34]
Murray, EddieEddie Murray 3,255 .287 June 30, 1995 Cleveland Indians 1977–1997 Single [35]
Lajoie, NapNap Lajoie 3,252[4] .339 September 27, 1914 Cleveland Naps 1896–1916 Double [37]
Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr. 3,184 .276 April 15, 2000 Baltimore Orioles 1981–2001 Single [39]
Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett 3,154 .305 September 30, 1992 Kansas City Royals 1973–1993 Single [40]
Waner, PaulPaul Waner 3,152 .333 June 19, 1942 Boston Braves 1926–1945 Single [41]
Yount, RobinRobin Yount 3,142 .285 September 9, 1992 Milwaukee Brewers 1974–1993 Single [42]
Gwynn, TonyTony Gwynn 3,141 .338 August 6, 1999 San Diego Padres 1982–2001 Single [43]
Winfield, DaveDave Winfield 3,110 .283 September 16, 1993 Minnesota Twins 1973–1995 Single [44]
Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez 3,070 .297 June 19, 2015 New York Yankees 1994–2013, 2015–present Home run [45]
Biggio, CraigCraig Biggio 3,060 .281 June 28, 2007 Houston Astros 1988–2007 Single [46]
Henderson, RickeyRickey Henderson 3,055 .279 October 7, 2001 San Diego Padres 1979–2003 Double [47]
Carew, RodRod Carew 3,053 .328 August 4, 1985 California Angels 1967–1985 Single [48]
Brock, LouLou Brock 3,023 .293 August 13, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals 1961–1979 Single [49]
Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro 3,020 .288 July 15, 2005 Baltimore Orioles 1986–2005 Double [50]
Anson, CapCap Anson 3,011[1] .331 July 18, 1897[1] Chicago Colts 1871–1897 Single [51]
Boggs, WadeWade Boggs 3,010 .328 August 7, 1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1982–1999 Home run [52]
Kaline, AlAl Kaline 3,007 .297 September 24, 1974 Detroit Tigers 1953–1974 Double [53]
Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clemente 3,000 .317 September 30, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates 1955–1972 Double [54]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Two major factors have confused Anson's precise hit total. First, a rule which existed for only the 1887 MLB season counted walks as hits.[1] Additionally, Anson played five seasons in the National Association (NA), which is not always recognized as an official "major league".[1][2] MLB.com credits Anson with 3,011 career hits, not including his time in the NA or his walks in 1887.[3] Baseball-Reference credits him with 3,435 hits, including his time in the NA, not including his walks in 1887, and differing with MLB.com over his hit total in 1894.[4] The Hall of Fame shows 3,081 hits for Anson, including his walks in 1887 (for a total of 224 hits that season) but not including NA playing time.[5]Major League Baseball credits him with 3,081 hits which is verified by Elias Sports Bureau.[6]The date listed comes from MLB.com, using their hit totals for Anson.
  2. ^ a b MLB.com and the Hall of Fame credit Cobb with 4,191 hits,[8][9] while Baseball-Reference lists 4,189.[10]
  3. ^ This was not Clemente's last game, however, as he entered his next and final game as a defensive substitution and did not bat.[12][14] Clemente died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972.[15]
  4. ^ MLB.com credits Lajoie with 3,252 hits,[36] while Baseball-Reference and the 3,000 hit club page on MLB.com list 3,243 and 3,242, respectively.[37][38]

References

General
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  • "3,000 Hits Club – Milestones".  
  • "The 3,000 Hit Club". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
Specific
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  8. ^ "Ty Cobb Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights".  
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  27. ^ "Stan Musial Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Tris Speaker Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
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  31. ^ "Carl Yastrzemski Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Paul Molitor Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Eddie Collins Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Willie Mays Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Eddie Murray Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  36. ^ "Nap Lajoie Stats, Bio, Photos, Highlights".  
  37. ^ a b "Nap Lajoie Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
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  40. ^ "George Brett Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  41. ^ "Paul Waner Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  42. ^ "Robin Yount Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  43. ^ "Tony Gwynn Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  44. ^ "Dave Winfield Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  45. ^ "Alex Rodriguez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  46. ^ "Craig Biggio Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  47. ^ "Rickey Henderson Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  48. ^ "Rod Carew Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  49. ^ "Lou Brock Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  50. ^ "Rafael Palmeiro Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  51. ^ "The 3,000 Hit Club — Cap Anson". National Baseball Hall of Fame. 
  52. ^ "Wade Boggs Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  53. ^ "Al Kaline Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010. 
  54. ^ "Roberto Clemente Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 4, 2010.