On This Date In History: Hank Joins An Exclusive Club

On May 17, 1970 Hank Aaron became a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in baseball.  The 3,000 hit club. In the second game of a double header against the Reds, in his first at bat, Aaron singled off of pitcher Wayne Simpson, becoming the ninth man to reach this milestone.  Preceding him in the club were: Cap Anson, Honus Wagner, Nap Lajoie, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, Paul Waner and Stan Musial.  Aaron finished his career with 3,771 total hits. 

 

There are currently 27 total members of the 3,000 Hit Club.  Listed below are the players who hit the 3,000 mark after Hank.

  • Willie Mays
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Al Kaline
  • Pete Rose
  • Lou Brock
  • Carl Yastrzemski
  • Rod Carew
  • Robin Yount
  • George Brett
  • Dave Winfield
  • Eddie Murray
  • Paul Molitor
  • Tony Gwynn
  • Wade Boggs
  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Rafael Palmeiro
  • Craig Biggio

Looking at this list gives you an idea of how exclusive this club really is.  Just think about who is missing - Mickey Mantle (2,415), Joe DiMaggio (2,214), Babe Ruth (2,873) and Ted Williams (2,654).

Right now in the major leagues there are a couple of players who have a chance to become members of the 3,000 Hit Club.  Derek Jeter is closest with 2,965 hits.  After him, Ivan Rodriguez has 2,832, Omar Vizquel has 2,814 and Alex Rodriguez has 2,703.

Who do you think will join this legendary club?

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