3,000 Hits Hand Painted Baseball Series.
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Each baseball features three members of the 3,000 hit club. The only player not on one
of these baseballs is the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter. That's because he's still active
and we don't have a final hits total for him.
On the back of each ball are the player's statistics. Their hits total, their lifetime
batting average and how many season's they played.
Here are a few interesting facts about this exclusive club which now has 28 members.
On July 18, 1897, Cap Anson became the first member of the 3,000 hits club.
Ty Cobb, who was the fourth member, became the first player to reach 4,000 hits in 1927.
Pete Rose passed Cobb on September 11, 1985 when he got a single off of San Diego
Padre's Eric Show for hit number 4,192. Rose ended his career as the all time hits
leader with 4,256 hits.
On September 30, 1972, The Pittsburgh Pirates' Roberto Clemente hit a double off of the
Met's Jon Matlack for his 3,000th hit. It was the final hit of his career.
Only two players hit home runs for their 3,000th hit. Derek Jeter and Wade Boggs.
Of the 28 members, 14 were right handed batters and 12 were left handed. Two were switch
hitters. (Can you name them?)
The Cleveland Indians are the only club to have three players reach this milestone
while on their roster. Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker and Eddie Murray.
Four members are also members of the 500 Home Run Club. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays,
Eddie Murray and Rafael Palmeiro.
Ty Cobb has the highest lifetime batting average in the club at .367. Cal Ripken, Jr.
has the lowest average at .276.
Paul Molitor is the only member who's 3,000th hit was a triple.
Craig Biggio was out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double.
Biggio and Jeter are the only members to join the club in a game in which they had five hits.
As for the Baseball Hall Of Fame.. All eligible members have been elected except for
Palmeiro. Biggio is not yet eligible and Jeter is still active. And of course, we
all know that Pete Rose has been declared permanently ineligible.
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