Colts first baseman Cap Anson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles off George Blackburn. The 45 year-old infielder's historic hit comes in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore at Chicago's West Side Grounds.
June 9, 1914
At the Baker Bowl, Honus Wagner becomes the second player in the history of the game to collect 3000 hits when he doubles off Philadelphia's Erskine Mayer. Cap Anson is the only major leaguer to amass as many hits.
September 27, 1914
Nap Lajoie joins Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as the only major leaguers to record 3,000 career hits when he doubles off Marty McHale in the Indians' 5-3 victory over New York at League Park. The Cleveland infielder will end his 21-year Hall of Fame career in 1916 with a total of 3243 hits.
August 19, 1921
At the age of 34, Ty Cobb becomes the youngest player to collect 3000 hits when he singles of off Red Sox hurler Elmer Myers. The 'Georgia Peach' will end his career with 4,191 hits, the most ever in the major leagues until Pete Rose surpasses the mark in 1985.
May 17, 1925
In a 2-1 loss to the Senators, Indians' outfielder Tris Speaker singles off pitcher Tom Zachary to collect his career 3000th hit. 'The Grey Eagle' becomes the fifth major leaguer to reach the milestone, joining Cap Anson (1897), Honus Wagner (1914), Nap Lajoie (1914), and Ty Cobb (1921)
June 6, 1925
At Griffith Stadium, future Hall of Famer Eddie Collins hits a double to become the sixth major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. The 38 year-old White Sox infielder strokes the historic two-bagger off Washington's Walter Johnson, also a future inductee in Cooperstown.
June 19, 1942
Paul Waner singles off Pirate Rip Sewell to collect his 3000th hit. The Braves outfielder becomes the seventh major leaguer to accomplish this feat and the first to do it since 1925.
May 13, 1958
As a pinch-hitter, Stan Musial collects his 3000th hit in the sixth inning off Moe Drabowsky in the Cardinals' 5-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. 'The Man', the youngest player to reach the milestone, is the eighth major leaguer to accomplish the feat.
May 17, 1970
At Crosley Field, Braves' outfielder Hank Aaron collects his 3000th hit when he scratches an infield single off of Reds' pitcher Wayne Simpson. 'Hammering Hank' becomes the ninth player in major league history, and the first with 500 home runs, to reach this milestone.
July 18, 1970
In his 2,639th major league game, Giants outfielder Willie Mays singles off of Expos right-hander Mike Wegener for his 3000th hit. The 'Say Hey Kid' reaches the milestone in the second inning of San Francisco's 10-1 rout of Montreal at Candlestick Park.
September 30, 1972
Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente doubles off Met Jon Matlack to become the 11th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. The two-bagger, sadly, will be his last hit as he will die in a plane crash on New Year's Eve.
September 24, 1974
At Memorial Stadium in a 5-4 loss to the Birds, Tigers outfielder Al Kaline gets his 3000th hit. The milestone hit is given up by Orioles hurler Dave McNally, a two-bagger down the right-field line.
May 5, 1978
At Riverfront Stadium, Pete Rose became the 13th player in major league history to collect his 3000th hit, a single to left field off Montreal right-hander Steve Rogers. The Reds' legend reaches the milestone in his 16th major league season, quicker than any of the other dozen players who have accomplished the feat.
August 13, 1979
Against the team that traded him, Lou Brock reaches the 3000 hits milestone when his line drive caroms off Dennis Lamp's pitching hand in the 3-2 Cardinal victory over the Cubs at Busch Stadium. The 40 year-old Redbird outfielder, who will retire at the end of the season with a lifetime .293 batting average, is the fourteenth major leaguer to reach the coveted plateau.
September 12, 1979
In a 9-2 Red Sox victory over the Yankees, Carl Yastrzemski collects his 3000th hit. Yaz's' milestone marker is an eighth-inning single off Jim Beattie at Fenway Park.
May 28, 1980
Lotte Orions outfielder Isao Harimoto, who began his professional career in 1959 with the Toei Flyers, is the first player to collect 3000 hits in Japan when he homers to right field in a game played against the Hankyu Braves at Tokyo's Kawasaki Stadium. The former Pacific League Rookie of the Year, using a combination of both power and speed, will compile 3085 hits during his 23-year career to establish a Nippon Professional Baseball record.
August 4, 1985
At Anaheim Stadium in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 41,630, Angel first baseman Rod Carew singles off of Minnesota southpaw Frank Viola in the third inning to become the 16th major leaguer to amass 3000 hits. After the historic hit, Halos' manager Gene Mauch brings the first-base sack into the dugout, replacing it with another a new bag.
September 9, 1992
In front of a sellout crowd at County Stadium, Robin Yount becomes the 17th and third youngest player to reach the 3000 hits milestone when he singles off of Indian reliever Jose Mesa in a 5-4 defeat to Cleveland. The 36 year-old Milwaukee center fielder also reached 1,000 and 2,000 hit plateaus against the Indians.
September 30, 1992
With his fourth hit of the game, a single off LA's southpaw Tim Fortugno, George Brett collects his 3000th hit of his career. The Royals' third baseman's celebration of the milestone moment is short-lived when he is picked off and tagged by first baseman Gary Gaetti after stepping off the base to savor the accomplishment.
September 16, 1993
At the age of 41, Twins' Dave Winfield becomes the 19th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles to left off A's ace Dennis Eckersley in the bottom the ninth of a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Oakland at the Metrodome. Joining Al Kaline, the Minnesota DH becomes the second player to have reached the milestone having never played a day in the minors.
June 30, 1995
At the Metrodome, Indians' designated hitter Eddie Murray collects his 3000th hit off Twins' right-hander Mike Trombley to become the 20th player to accomplish the feat. 'Steady Eddie' joins Pete Rose as only the second switch-hitter to reach the milestone.
September 16, 1996
A fifth inning triple off of Royal pitcher Jose Rosado gives Twins Paul Molitor his 3000th hit, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat with a three bagger. The 'Ignitor' reaches this milestone in the same season in which he also collects 200 hits, making him the only player to accomplish both feats in the same campaign.
August 6, 1999
After San Diego outfielder Tony Gwynn singles off of Expo rookie right-hander Dan Smith in the first inning to get his 3000th hit, first base ump Kerwin Danley, Gwynn's college teammate, Vendella Gwynn, his mother celebrating her 64th birthday, and 13,540 Olympic Stadium fans help to celebrate the right fielder's milestone. 'Mr. Padre' finishes the night 4-for-5, passing Roberto Clemente into 21st place on the all-time career hit list.
August 7, 1999
For the second consecutive day, a major leaguer gets his 3000th hit as Wade Boggs homers in the sixth off Indian Chris Haney. The Devil Rays' third baseman, who is the first player to reach the milestone with a home run, rounds the bases pointing skyward, blowing a kiss in memory of his mom and gets down on his knees to kiss home plate.
April 15, 2000
In the 2,800th game of his career, Orioles infielder Cal Ripken lines a base hit to center off the Twins' Hector Carrasco to become the 24th major leaguer to reach the 3000th hit milestone. The single also makes the 'Iron Man' only the seventh player to get 3,000 hits and 400 home runs in major league history.
October 7, 2001
On the last day of the season, Rickey Henderson bloops a double down the right field line off Rockies' hurler John Thomson to become the 25th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits. Tony Gwynn, who is playing in his last major league game and is also a member of the 3000 hit club, meets the Padre outfielder at home plate in front of a sellout crowd Qualcomm Park.
July 15, 2005
With an RBI double off Joel Pineiro at Safeco Field, Rafael Palmeiro becomes the 26th player to collect 3000 hits. The Orioles first baseman joins Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Eddie Murray as one of only four major leaguers to record 3,000 hits and 500 home runs during his career.
June 28, 2007
With the third of his five hits in the Astros' 8-5 victory over Colorado at Minute Maid Park, Craig Biggio collects his 3000th hit to become the 27th major leaguer to reach the plateau, and the ninth player to do it with the same team. The milestone is reached in the seventh inning with a single off Aaron Cook, but the Houston second baseman is thrown out trying to stretch the historic hit into a double.
July 9, 2011
With a third-inning home run off Tampa Bay southpaw David Price, Derek Jeter becomes the 28th player, and the first in a Yankee uniform, to collect his 3000th hit. The 'Captain' enjoys a five-hit day in the Bronx, including an infield single in the bottom of the eighth that drives in the winning run in the team's 5-4 victory.