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3,000 Hit Club
Pete Rose is the all-time MLB hits leader with 4,256 hits
The 3,000 hit club is the group of batters who have collected 3,000 or more regular-season hits in their careers in Major League Baseball (MLB). Cap Anson was the first to do so, although his precise career hit total is unclear.[a] 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; he ultimately finished his career with 4,191.[b]Pete Rose became the second player to reach 4,000 hits on April 13, 1984 while playing for the Montreal Expos. Cobb, also the major leagues' all-time career batting average leader, remained the MLB hit leader until September 11, 1985, when Rose collected his 4,192nd hit. Rose, the current record holder, finished his career with 4,256 hits. Roberto Clemente's career ended with precisely 3,000 hits, reaching the mark in the last at bat of his career on September 30, 1972.[c]
Baseball writer Josh Pahigian writes that reaching 3,000 hits has been "long considered the greatest measure of superior bat handling", and it is often described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. All eligible players with 3,000 or more career hits with the exception of Palmeiro, whose career has been tainted by steroid allegations, have been elected to the Hall, and since 1962 all who have been inducted were elected on the first ballot, except for Biggio. Rose is ineligible for the Hall of Fame because he was permanently banned from baseball in 1989. After four years on the ballot, Palmeiro failed to be named on 5% of ballots in 2014, and accordingly his name was removed from the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for future elections, although it is possible that the Veterans Committee could select him. Twenty-one different teams have had a player reach 3,000 hits.
Cap Anson reached 3,000 hits on July 18, 1897, and was the first and, as of 2019[update], oldest player to do so.
In 1927, Ty Cobb became the first player to collect 4,000 hits. As of 2019[update] he is the youngest player to join the 3,000 hit club.
Paul Molitor was the first to triple for his 3,000th hit.
Derek Jeter (left) and Dave Winfield (right) are both members.
Albert Pujols is the most recent member of the 3,000 hit club.
^ abcTwo major factors have confused Anson's precise hit total. First, a rule which existed for only the 1887 MLB season counted walks as hits. Additionally, Anson played five seasons in the National Association (NA), which is not always recognized as an official "major league".MLB.com credits Anson with 3,011 career hits, not including his time in the NA or his walks in 1887.Baseball-Reference credits him with 3,435 hits, including his time in the NA, not including his walks in 1887, and differing with MLB.com over his hit total in 1894. The Hall of Fame shows 3,081 hits for Anson, including his walks in 1887 (for a total of 224 hits that season) but not including NA playing time.Elias Sports Bureau also credits him with 3,081 hits. The date listed comes from MLB.com, using their hit totals for Anson.
^This was not Clemente's last game, however, as he entered his next and final game as a defensive substitution and did not bat. Clemente died during the following offseason on December 31, 1972.