On July 9, 2011 Derek Jeter finally became a member of the 3,000 Hits Club. While some of us could care less, others believe that it’s a ridiculous accomplishment. Regardless of your loyalty to any particular team, we have to give Jeter credit. Hitting 3,000 or more baseballs during your career is an impressive feat. It’s such a distinction that there are only 28 players currently in this category. What’s even more interesting is that Jeter is the only Yankee on the list. Actually, that tidbit is amazing. We’re talking about an organization that had players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle. But, I digress. So in honor of Jeter joining the 3,000 Hits Club, we decided to take a look back at the other 27 members.
Rose is the all time hits leader with 4,256. He joined the 3,000 Hits Club on May 5, 1978 while on the Reds. Unfortunately, this accolade doesn’t change the fact that he’s banned from the game for gambling and is not in the Hall of Fame. Matter of fact, there are only four players on this list who are not Cooperstown, and two of them aren’t eligible yet.
Cobb spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers and joined the 3,000 hit club on August 19, 1921. He has 4,189 hits and still holds the highest career batting average in the history of baseball.
The Braves legend has 3,771 hits and became a member on May 17, 1970. He also passed Babe Ruth in home runs and RBIs during his career. His home run record stood until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007.
Musical joined on May 13, 1958 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. “Stan The Man” not only has 3,630 hits, he was also selected to the All-Star Game an astounding 24 times.
The Cleveland Indians saw Speaker hit 3,000 on May 17, 1925. He still holds the record for doubles, 792, and finished his career with 3,514 hits. He also led the Indians to their first World Series title.
Carl Yastrzemski played his entire career with the Red Sox and is their all-time leader in career RBIs, runs, hits, singles, doubles, total bases, and games played. He joined the 3,000 Hits Club on September 12, 1979 and has 3,419 career hits.
The Pirates legend entered the club on June 9, 1914. He ended his career with 3,415 hits. Ty Cobb called him “maybe the greatest star ever to take the diamond.” Wagner was one of the first five players elected into the Hall of Fame.
As a Twin, Molitor joined on September 16, 1996. He finished his career with 3,319 hits and became the second Brewer to be depicted on their plaques with a Brewers cap.
Collins joined on June 6, 1925 as a member of the White Sox. He finished his career with 3,315 hits and still holds the record for most sacrifice hits.
Mays made the club on July 18, 1970. His career highlights include 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, and twelve Gold Gloves.
One of the best switch hitters in baseball joined on June 30, 1995 as an Indian. He has 3,255 hits and also is a three-time winner of the Gold Glove and the Slugger Award.
Lajoie had a heated rivalry with Ty Cobb that reached it’s peak in 1910. Four years later on September 27, 1914 he broke into the 3,000 His Club while on the Cleveland Naps. He has 3,242 hits and remains one of the greatest second basemen in the history of baseball.
Cal Ripkin, Jr.
The Baltimore Orioles “Iron Man” became a member on April 15, 2000. Ripkin finished his career with 3,184 hits and the most consecutive games ever played with 2,632.
This Kansas City Royal entered the club on September 30, 1992. Brett finished his career with 3,154 hits and is the only player alongside Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average.
Paul Waner became a member on June 19, 1942 while on the Boston Braves. The Pirates retired “Big Poison’s” number 11 in 2007.
Yount spent his entire 20 year with the Brewers. He entered the club on September 9, 1992 and ended his career with 3,142 hits and 1,406 RBIs.
This career-long Padre joined on August 6, 1999. On top of his 3,141 hits, Tony Gwyn is an eight-time National League batting champion – tied for first with Honus Wagner – and a 15-time All-Star.
Dave Winfield broke into the club on September 16, 1993 while on the Twins. During his 22-year career Winfield had 3,110 hits, was a 12-time All-Star and a 7-time Gold Glove winner.
The Astros’ Biggio made the club on June 28, 2007. During his career he had 3,060 hits, was a 7-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner and 5-time recipient of the Slugger Award.
On July 18, 1897 Cap Anson became the fist player to have 3,000 hits, and would go on to have 3,055. Anson did so while on the Chicago Colts, who would eventually become the Cubs. He led the team to five National League Pennants and played a record 27-consecutive years.
While on the Padres Rickey Henderson hit his 3,000th on October 7, 2001. When his career finally ended, Henderson had 3,055 hits and holds the records for career stolen bases, runs scored, unintentional walks and lead-off home runs.
Rod Carew became a member on August 4, 1985 while on the California Angels. The 18-time All-Star had 3,053 career hits and his number 29 is retired with the Twins and Angels.
Lou Brock joined on August 13, 1979, as a member of the Cardinals. Besides having 3,023 hits, Brock is most remembered for breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time major league stolen base record.
Palmeiro became a member while on the Orioles on July 15, 2005. Along with Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray, Palmeiro is also a member of the exclusive 3,000 hits club and 500 home run club.
Wade Boggs hit his 3,000th on August 7, 1999 while on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Boggs made the All-Star team for 12 consecutive seasons, was an 8-time Silver Slugger Award winner and had 3,010 hits.
“Mr. Tiger” became a member on September 24, 1974. His career highlights include 3,007 hits, 399 home runs, 18 All-Star appearances and a 10-time Gold Glove winner.
Roberto Clemente joined the club on September 30, 1972, which was unfortunately his last at bat. While on his way to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua, his plane crashed and he passed away on December 31, 1972. Clemente’s storied career ended with 3,000 hits, 240 home runs, 1,305 RBIs, and was a 15-time All-Star selection.