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Derek Jeter’s emphatic entry into the 3,000-hit club

Jul 9, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter joined Wade Boggs in making his 3,000th hit a homer.  Here’s how 27 of the 28 members joined the 3,000-hit club.

Home Run
Boggs (Aug. 7, 1999)
Jeter (July 9, 2011)

Paul Molitor (Sept. 16, 1996)

Honus Wagner (June 9, 1914)
Nap Lajoie (Sept. 27, 1914)
Stan Musial (May 13, 1958)
Roberto Clemente (Sept. 30, 1972)
Al Kaline (Sept. 24, 1974)
Rickey Henderson (Oct. 7, 2001)
Rafael Palmeiro (July 15, 2005)

Ty Cobb (Aug. 19, 1921)
Tris Speaker (May 17, 1925)
Eddie Collins (June 6, 1925)
Paul Waner (June 19, 1942)
Hank Aaron (May 17, 1970)
Willie Mays (July 18, 1970)
Pete Rose (May 5, 1978)
Lou Brock (Aug. 13, 1979)
Carl Yastrzemski (Sept. 12, 1979)
Rod Carew (Aug. 4, 1985)
Robin Yount (Sept. 9, 1992)
George Brett (Sept. 30, 1992)
Dave Winfield (Sept. 16, 1993)
Eddie Murray (June 30, 1995)
Tony Gwynn (Aug. 6, 1999)
Cal Ripken Jr. (Apr. 15, 2000)
Craig Biggio (June 28, 2007)

What we don’t know is how Cap Anson, the first player to get 3,000 hits, did it. Some would say never actually did it — that he doesn’t belong in the club at all because he played five years in the National Association, which some don’t consider to be a major league. The Hall of Fame, though, recognizes Anson as finishing his career with 3,081 hits.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Molitor did it the hard way!

    • nixonotis - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      How incredible must that have been to witness? Doing it with a homer is awesome and all, but I still subscribe to the premise that the triple is the most exciting play in baseball.

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      meh, even if he was out at 3rd it was still a hit.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    One thing to remember is that Jeter did it with one team, unusual for anyone on this list, even more so after free agency. In the future, the number of players with 3000 hits will continue to happen, but fewer and fewer with one team.
    Very informal, and subject to correction, why no other Yankee has done this:
    Babe Ruth- Played for Boston (remember?) and preferred to shoot for the fences.
    Lou Gehrig-Career tragically cut short
    Joe DiMaggio-interrupted by service to his country
    Mickey Mantle-too many injuries, and as above, swung for the fences.
    Reggie Jackson-wasn’t a Yankee long enough.

    None on this list ever hit 3000 anyway but it explains why this is somewhat of an accomplishment.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:51 PM

      A very valid observation Len! Congratulations to Jeter. Now if he can get a triple to complete a cycle today!!! Minka will have a big smile today.

    • Roger Moore - Jul 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      It doesn’t seem that unusual. Looking at the numbers, Jeter, Musial, Clemente, Kaline, Cobb, Aaron, Mays, Yastrzemski, Yount, Brett, Gwynn, Ripken, and Biggio all got their 3000th hit with their first team, though Cobb, Aaron, and Mays all changed teams after getting their 3000th. That’s a bit under half of the total players on the list who reached 3000 with one team.

      If you look at players who played primarily after free agency, you have Jeter, Yount, Brett, Gwynn, Ripken, and Biggio who got their 3000th with their first team and Boggs, Molitor, Henderson, Palmeiro, Winfield, and Murray who didn’t. That’s exactly half. If you want to count Carew as playing during free agency- it seems fair since he did switch teams by free agency- it drops to almost exactly the same ratio as the group as a whole. If you only count players who got 3000 hits and played their whole career with one team (i.e. you don’t count Cobb, Aaron, Mays, or Jeter, who might still change teams), it’s more common to have 3000 hits with exclusively one team today than it was before free agency.

  3. royhobbs39 - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    A) Jeter has never downed 64 Miller Lites on a cross country flight. He deserves a asterisk and Boggs should be alone at the top.

    B) It’s a good thing he is sitting out of the All-Star Game. He really looked like death on that HR.

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

      Drinking 64 beers on a cross country airplane ride. wow. Something to really be proud of.
      Wonder how much the flight attendants appreciated that feat?

      • royhobbs39 - Jul 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM

        It was the 80’s and it was Wade Boggs. I am sure the flight attendants were appreciating his other talents.

  4. Tim's Neighbor - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    I’m really surprised at how little I actually care about this. I tried to be interested and impressed or angry and irritated. But I remain apathetic. Perhaps the most boring trek towards a milestone that I’ve ever followed.

  5. tominma - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Ted Williams 2654 hits in 19 seasons — lost 5 seasons to WW2 and Korea.

    lifetime ave. .344
    HR 521

    Congrats to Derek Jeter— class act !!!
    but as a Red Sox fan…. yankees still suck!! LOL

    • jimbo1949 - Jul 9, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      Thank you Ted Williams for having your priorities straight,
      and thanks for your service.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Congratulations to MLB for JETER’S SPECIAL BALLS!

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