Date of 3,000th hit: May 5, 1978 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 an astounding 4,256 total hits, most all-time. 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.
Derek Jeter: 3,000 hits and counting
Date of 3,000th hit: July 9, 2011 Jeter gets to the milestone in style, smacking a solo shot off Tampa Bay's David Price into the left field stands to send the Bronx into a celebration. Jeter becomes the first New York Yankee to reach 3,000 hits and the second overall player to accomplish the feat with a home run.
Roberto Clemente – 3,000 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: September 30, 1972 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.
Al Kaline – 3,007 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: September 24, 1974 The Detroit Tigers legend 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.
Wade Boggs – 3,010 total hits
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 Boggs blasted his 3,000th hit – the first player ever to do so with a home run.
Rafael Palmeiro – 3,020 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: July 15, 2005 Along with Pete Rose, one of the two most controversial players on the list, 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.
Lou Brock – 3,023 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: August 13, 1979 Best remembered for his base-stealing prowess, the longtime St. Louis Cardinals reached the coveted hit plateau in his final season, against the team that traded him – the Chicago Cubs.
Rod Carew – 3,053 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: August 4, 1985 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.
Rickey Henderson – 3,055 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: October 7, 2001 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.
Craig Biggio – 3,060 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: June 28, 2007 A member of the Houston Astros his entire career, 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).
Dave Winfield – 3,110 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: September 16, 1993 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.
Tony Gwynn – 3,141 total hits
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 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.
Robin Yount -- 3,142 total hits
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.
Paul Waner – 3,152 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: June 19, 1942 One of the least-known players on the list, 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.
George Brett -- 3,154 hits
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 with 3,154, a number that puts him 15th on the all-time list. In 1999, Brett was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cal Ripken – 3,184 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: April 15, 2000 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.
Nap Lajoie – 3,242 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: September 27, 1914 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.
Eddie Murray – 3,255 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: June 30, 1995 One of only four players with 3,000 career hits and 500 career home runs, 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.
Willie Mays – 3,283 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: July 18, 1970 One of the most popular and talented players to ever take the field, Mays racked up 24 All-Star appearances and 12 Gold Glove awards to go along with his 660 home runs and huge hit total.
Eddie Collins – 3,315 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: June 6, 1925 Considered one of the greatest second basemen of all-time, 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.
Paul Molitor – 3,319 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: September 16, 1996 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.
Honus Wagner – 3,415 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: June 9, 1914 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.
Cap Anson – 3,418 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: July 18, 1897 The inaugural member of the club, 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 as 3,418 – including his walks and stats from the National Association, the predecessor to today’s National League.
Carl Yastrzemski – 3,419 total hits
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.
Tris Speaker – 3,514 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: May 17, 1925 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.
Stan Musial – 3,630 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: May 13, 1958 The 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.
Hank Aaron – 3,771 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: May 17, 1970 Best known for holding the all-time home run record from 1974-2006, 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.
Ty Cobb – 4,191 total hits
Date of 3,000th hit: August 19, 1921 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.