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3000 Hit Club

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.[lower-alpha 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.[6][lower-alpha 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.[10] 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. Roberto Clemente's career ended with precisely 3,000 hits, reaching the mark in the last at bat of his career.[11][12][lower-alpha 3] Derek Jeter is the most recent player to reach the milestone, achieving the feat on July 9, 2011.[15]

In total, 28 players have reached the 3,000 hit mark in MLB history. Of these, 14 were right-handed batters, 12 were left-handed, and 2 were switch hitters, meaning they could bat from either side of the plate. Ten of these players (and the only active member of the 3,000 hit club) 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. Four players—Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Murray, and Rafael Palmeiro—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. 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, Rose, and Biggio, have been elected to the Hall, and since 1962 all club members who have been inducted were elected on the first ballot. Rose was declared permanently ineligible for the Hall of Fame when he was banned from baseball.[22][23]


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


The statistics are updated through September 30, 2013.
Player Hits Average Date Team Seasons 3,000th hit Ref
Rose, PetePete Rose 4,256 .303 May 5, 1978 Cincinnati Reds 1963–1986 Single [24]
Cobb, TyTy Cobb 4,191[lower-alpha 2] .367 August 19, 1921 Detroit Tigers 1905–1928 Single [9]
Aaron, HankHank Aaron 3,771 .305 May 17, 1970 Atlanta Braves 1954–1976 Single [25]
Musial, StanStan Musial 3,630 .331 May 13, 1958 St. Louis Cardinals 1941–1944
Double [26]
Speaker, TrisTris Speaker 3,515 .345 May 17, 1925 Cleveland Indians 1907–1928 Single [27]
Wagner, HonusHonus Wagner 3,430 .328 June 9, 1914 Pittsburgh Pirates 1897–1917 Double [28]
Yastrzemski, CarlCarl Yastrzemski 3,419 .285 September 12, 1979 Boston Red Sox 1961–1983 Single [29]
Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor 3,319 .306 September 16, 1996 Minnesota Twins 1978–1998 Triple [30]
Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter 3,316 .313 July 9, 2011 New York Yankees 1995–present Home run [31]
Collins, EddieEddie Collins 3,314 .333 June 3, 1925 Chicago White Sox 1906–1930 Single [32]
Mays, WillieWillie Mays 3,283 .302 July 18, 1970 San Francisco Giants 1951–1952
Single [33]
Murray, EddieEddie Murray 3,255 .287 June 30, 1995 Cleveland Indians 1977–1997 Single [34]
Lajoie, NapNap Lajoie 3,242[lower-alpha 4] .338 September 27, 1914 Cleveland Naps 1896–1916 Double [36]
Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr. 3,184 .276 April 15, 2000 Baltimore Orioles 1981–2001 Single [38]
Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett 3,154 .305 September 30, 1992 Kansas City Royals 1973–1993 Single [39]
Waner, PaulPaul Waner 3,152 .333 June 19, 1942 Boston Braves 1926–1945 Single [40]
Yount, RobinRobin Yount 3,142 .285 September 9, 1992 Milwaukee Brewers 1974–1993 Single [41]
Gwynn, TonyTony Gwynn 3,141 .338 August 6, 1999 San Diego Padres 1982–2001 Single [42]
Winfield, DaveDave Winfield 3,110 .283 September 16, 1993 Minnesota Twins 1973–1995 Single [43]
Anson, CapCap Anson 3,081[lower-alpha 1] .334 July 18, 1897[lower-alpha 1] Chicago Colts 1871–1897 Single [44]
Biggio, CraigCraig Biggio 3,060 .281 June 28, 2007 Houston Astros 1988–2007 Single [45]
Henderson, RickeyRickey Henderson 3,055 .279 October 7, 2001 San Diego Padres 1979–2003 Double [46]
Carew, RodRod Carew 3,053 .328 August 4, 1985 California Angels 1967–1985 Single [47]
Brock, LouLou Brock 3,023 .293 August 13, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals 1961–1979 Single [48]
Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro 3,020 .288 July 15, 2005 Baltimore Orioles 1986–2005 Double [49]
Boggs, WadeWade Boggs 3,010 .328 August 7, 1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1982–1999 Home run [50]
Kaline, AlAl Kaline 3,007 .297 September 24, 1974 Detroit Tigers 1953–1974 Double [51]
Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clemente 3,000 .317 September 30, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates 1955–1972 Double [52]

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