Pete Rose takes in the ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of his breaking the career hit record of 4,192 . He was honored before the start of the game between the Pittsburg Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 11, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Date of 3,000th hit: September 30, 1972 Roberto Clemente’s big hit came on the final at-bat of the 1972 regular season, a double off the New York Mets in front of his home fans in Pittsburgh. Tragically, Clemente was killed in a plane crash just three months later while en route to Nicaragua to deliver aid to earthquake victims. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: September 24, 1974 A Detroit Tigers legend, Al Kaline made 18 All-Star teams and won 10 Gold Gloves during an illustrious career. He picked up his 3,000th hit just days before he wrapped up his career, hitting a double against the Baltimore Orioles. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: August 7, 1999 His time with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees may be most memorable, but it was as a Tampa Bay Devil Ray in the final year of his career that Wade Boggs blasted his 3,000th hit -– the first player ever to do so with a home run. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: July 15, 2005 Along with Pete Rose, one of the two most controversial players on the list, Rafael Palmeiro recorded his 3,000th hit in 2005 and then was suspended two weeks later for testing positive for steroids. The drug charges have hampered his hopes of achieving Hall of Fame status. Teams: Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: August 13, 1979 Best remembered for his base-stealing prowess, the longtime St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock reached the coveted hit plateau in his final season, against the team that traded him -– the Chicago Cubs. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: August 4, 1985 Rod Carew spent the first 11 years of his career with the Minnesota Twins, then got his 3,000th career hit against them as a California Angel in the final year of his career. He was an 18-time All-Star and finished with a .328 career batting average. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: October 7, 2001 Rickey Henderson got his big hit on the final day of the 2001 season, a double against the Colorado Rockies. A San Diego Padre at the time, Henderson initially wanted not to play in order not to distract from teammate Tony Gwynn’s final major league game. Gwynn insisted that Henderson play. His other teams: Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: June 28, 2007 A member of the Houston Astros his entire career, Craig Biggio’s big hit came in his final year in the big leagues. He is one of only three 3,000 hit club members not in the Hall of Fame (he won’t be eligible until 2012). Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: September 16, 1993 Dave Winfield played for six teams in his 22-year career, but it was with his hometown Minnesota Twins that he reached 3,000 hits with a single off Oakland A’s star Dennis Eckersley. He went into the Hall of Fame as a San Diego Padre in 2001. His other teams: New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: August 6, 1999 August 6 is a big day for Tony Gwynn. It’s his mother’s birthday, he got his 2,000th career hit on that day in 1993 and he scored his 3,000th on that date with the San Diego Padres in 1999. One of the game’s most highly-regarded hitters, he smacked a single against the Montreal Expos in the first inning for his milestone hit. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: September 9, 1992 Robin Yount, with his trademark 'stache, played all 20 years of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was picked third overall in the 1972 draft, one slot ahead of fellow 3,000-hit club member Dave Winfield. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: June 19, 1942 One of the least-known players on the list, Paul Waner was an MVP in 1927 and recorded over 200 hits in a season eight times. He got his 3,000th as a member of the Boston Braves. He was the only player to accomplish the feat between 1925 and 1958. His other teams: Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: September 30, 1992 George Brett played his entire 21-year career for the same team, the Kansas City Royals. He holds the record for most career hits by a third baseman and ranks 15th on the all-time list . In 1999, Brett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: April 15, 2000 Cal Ripken needed three hits on April 15, 2000 to reach 3,000 when he faced the Minnesota Twins. He got them. The Baltimore Orioles legend also holds the all-time record for consecutive games played. His .276 career batting average is the lowest of anyone in the 3,000-hit club. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: September 27, 1914 Nap Lajoie was so beloved in Cleveland that the team changed its name to the “Naps” in his honor and kept the name from 1903-1911. His 3,000th hit came just over three months after Honus Wagner’s. Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Bluebirds Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: June 30, 1995 One of only four players with 3,000 career hits and 500 career home runs, Eddie Murray got his historic base knock in 1995 with a single against the Minnesota Twins. He was the third to achieve the feat in a Cleveland uniform. His other teams: Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: July 18, 1970 One of the most popular and talented players to ever take the field, Willie Mays racked up 24 All-Star appearances and 12 Gold Glove awards to go along with his 660 home runs and huge hit total. Teams: New York/San Francisco Giants, New York Mets Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: June 6, 1925 Considered one of the greatest second basemen of all-time, Eddie Collins reached 3,000 hits as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 1925. The speedy Collins twice stole six bases in a single game – still a major-league record. His other team: Philadelphia Athletics Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: September 16, 1996 Paul Molitor played most of his Hall of Fame career with the Milwaukee Brewers but returned to his hometown Minnesota Twins to reach this milestone. He recorded the big hit on a triple in a game against the Kansas City Royals, the only player ever to hit a three-bagger for No. 3,000. His other teams: Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: June 9, 1914 Honus Wagner was 40 years old when he banged out his milestone hit -– a double -– and became just the second person to join the list. His most notable presence in today’s culture, though, might be the infamous Wagner baseball card considered to be the rarest and most valuable in the world. Teams: Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: July 18, 1897 The inaugural member of the club, Cap Anson’s place on the list has been the subject of debate. Different rules of the era counted walks as hits and credited hits from other professional leagues. Still, MLB officially recognizes Anson’s total well over the 3,000 mark -– including his walks and stats from the National Association, the predecessor to today’s National League. Teams: Rockford Forest Citys, Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Stockings Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: September 12, 1979 The Red Sox legend played in Boston from 1961 to 1983 and trails only Ty Cobb in the category of hits collected with a single team. His longevity was a big factor in his success: Yastrzemski is second all-time in career games played with 3,308. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: May 17, 1925 Tris Speaker became the second Cleveland player to achieve the mark with a single off the Washington Senators in 1925. He has the fifth-highest all-time career batting average and was the first of only two players ever to get 50 doubles and 50 stolen bases in the same season. His other teams: Boston Americans/Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: May 13, 1958 Stan Musial, a 24-time All-Star and career St. Louis Cardinal, achieved the hallowed mark while pinch-hitting against their rival Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The future of Hall of Famer slapped an RBI double in the sixth inning of the game. Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: May 17, 1970 Best known for holding the all-time home run record from 1974-2006, Hank Aaron joined the 3,000-hit club four years prior to eclipsing Babe Ruth’s hallowed longball mark. He was the first player in history to have 3,000 career hits and 500 career home runs. Teams: Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: August 19, 1921 Ty Cobb reached the 3,000-hit plateau faster than any one in baseball history, accomplishing the feat at age 34 and after just 8,093 career at-bats. His astonishing .367 career batting average is the highest of all-time. Teams: Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics Bing: How many hits did he have?
Date of 3,000th hit: May 5, 1978 Pete Rose became the 13th player to reach the milestone, knocking a single against the Montreal Expos for No. 3,000. Rose ended his career with by far the most hits of any player in MLB history . He received a lifetime ban from baseball in 1989 for his role in betting on games and has been barred from consideration for the Hall of Fame. Teams: Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos Bing: How many hits did he have?