The 3,000 Hits Club is a collection of Major League Baseball players who have recorded 3,000 or more regular-season hits during their big league career.
Reaching 3,000 hits, in our opinion, is a benchmark of true greatness that few will ever achieve. Every player who reaches the 3,000 Hits Club has hall of fame skills with a baseball bat, and every one of them should be on a plaque in Cooperstown.
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the elite hitters who have reached the magical 3,000-hits plateau and achieved baseball immortality through the 3,000 Hits Club. Links to player biographies, pitcher biographies (those who gave up the record setting hit), some box scores, a bold notation for players who are in the Hall of Fame, and italicized names are those who are active this season.
"Anything less would not have been worthy of me. Anything more would not have been possible." - 3,000 Hits Club Member / Hall of Fame Member Carl Yastrzemski in An All-Consuming Desire to Succeed (John Paul Carinci, Morgan James Publishing, 08/01/2011, Page 70)
3,000 Hits Club
In Order By Most Hits | Top 1,000 Hits Leaders
|Order||Name (Team)||Bats||Rank||Hits||Hit #3,000 Details|
|Date | Box||Age||Pitcher||Hit||AB #||Game #|
|13 th||Pete Rose ( Reds )||B||1.||4,256||05-05-1978||37||Steve Rogers||1B||9,690||2,370|
|4 th||Ty Cobb ( Tigers )||L||2.||4,189||08-19-1921||34||Elmer Myers||1B||uk||2,135|
|9 th||Hank Aaron ( Braves )||R||3.||3,771||05-17-1970||36||Wayne Simpson||1B||9,566||2,460|
|8 th||Stan Musial ( Cardinals )||L||4.||3,630||05-13-1958||37||Moe Drabowsky||2B||8,774||2,301|
|5 th||Tris Speaker ( Indians )||L||5.||3,514||05-17-1925||37||Tom Zachary||1B||8,263||2,341|
|28 th||Derek Jeter ( Yankees )||R||6.||3,465||07-09-2011||37||David Price||HR||9,607||2,362|
|2 nd||Honus Wagner ( Pirates )||R||7.||3,430||06-09-1914||40||Erskine Mayer||2B||uk||2,332|
|15 th||Carl Yastrzemski ( Red Sox )||L||8.||3,419||09-12-1979||40||Jim Beattie||1B||10,418||2,848|
|21 st||Paul Molitor ( Twins )||R||9.||3,319||09-16-1996||40||Jose Rosado||3B||9,750||2,411|
|6 th||Eddie Collins ( White Sox )||L||10.||3,315||06-03-1925||38||Rip Collins||1B||uk||2,505|
|10 th||Willie Mays ( Giants )||R||11.||3,283||07-18-1970||39||Mike Wegener||1B||9,802||2,639|
|20 th||Eddie Murray ( Indians )||B||12.||3,255||06-30-1995||39||Mike Trombley||1B||10,392||2,764|
|3 rd||Nap Lajoie ( Naps )||R||13.||3,252||09-27-1914||39||Marty McHale||2B||uk||2,224|
|32 nd||Albert Pujols ( Angels )||R||14.||3,202||05-04-2018||38||Mike Leake||1B||9,859||2,607|
|24 th||Cal Ripken, Jr. ( Orioles )||R||15.||3,184||04-15-2000||39||Hector Carrasco||1B||10,803||2,800|
|31 st||Adrian Beltre ( Rangers )||R||16.||3,166||07-30-2017||38||Wade Miley||2B||10,481||2,771|
|18 th||George Brett ( Royals )||L||17.||3,154||09-30-1992||36||Tim Fortugno||1B||9,779||2,559|
|7 th||Paul Waner ( Braves )||L||18.||3,152||06-19-1942||39||Rip Sewell||1B||uk||2,314|
|17 th||Robin Yount ( Brewers )||R||19.||3,142||09-09-1992||36||Jose Mesa||1B||10,473||2,708|
|22 nd||Tony Gwynn ( Padres )||L||20.||3,141||08-06-1999||39||Dan Smith||1B||8,874||2,284|
|29 th||Alex Rodriguez ( Yankees )||R||21.||3,115||06-19-2015||39||Justin Verlander||HR||10,035||2,631|
|19 th||Dave Winfield ( Twins )||R||22.||3,110||09-16-1993||41||Dennis Eckersley||1B||10,559||2,840|
|30 th||Ichiro Suzuki ( Marlins )||L||23.||3,089||08-07-2016||42||Chris Rusin||3B||10,333||2,452|
|27 th||Craig Biggio ( Astros )||R||24.||3,060||06-28-2007||41||Aaron Cook||1B||10,645||2,781|
|25 th||Rickey Henderson ( Padres )||R||25.||3,055||10-07-2001||42||John Thomson||2B||10,710||2,979|
|16 th||Rod Carew ( Angels )||L||26.||3,053||08-04-1985||39||Frank Viola||1B||9,101||2,417|
|14 th||Lou Brock ( Cardinals )||L||27.||3,023||08-13-1979||40||Dennis Lamp||1B||10,324||2,629|
|26 th||Rafael Palmeiro ( Orioles )||L||28.||3,020||07-15-2005||40||Joel Pineiro||2B||10,393||2,809|
|1 st||Cap Anson ( Colts )||R||29.||3,011||07-18-1897||45||George Blackburn||1B||uk||uk|
|23 rd||Wade Boggs ( Rays )||L||30.||3,010||08-07-1999||41||Chris Haney||HR||9,151||2,430|
|12 th||Al Kaline ( Tigers )||R||31.||3,007||09-24-1974||39||Dave McNally||2B||10,096||2,825|
|11 th||Roberto Clemente ( Pirates )||R||32.||3,000||09-30-1972||38||Jon Matlack||2B||9,454||2,433|
|Order||Name (Team)||Bats||Rank||Hits||Date | Box||Age||Pitcher||Hit||AB #||Game #|
|Hit #3,000 Details|
|3,000 Hits Club | Bold = HOF Player | Grey = Box Not Yet Available | Top 1,000 Career Hits|
Cap Anson was the first player to join/start the 3,000 Hits Club. During the 1887 season, bases on balls were counted as hits and Anson walked 60 times. In an effort to "clean up history" a committee changed the rules of that particular season (and others) thus revoking Anson from the club. The rules were restored to their original format in 2001, and Anson is once again a member of the club he started.
Did you know that Craig Biggio , George Brett , Roberto Clemente , Tony Gwynn , Derek Jeter , Al Kaline , Stan Musial , Cal Ripken, Jr. , Carl Yastrzemski and Robin Yount each reached 3,000 hits while playing with only one Major League team?
3,000 Hits Club Trivia
Ty Cobb was the fourth player to reach the 3,000 Hits Club and the first player in baseball history to reach 4,000 hits. Pete Rose was next player to join the 4,000 hits club and both of them had all of their career hits in the same league.
Craig Biggio attempted to stretch his 3,000 hit, a single, into a double, and was thrown out at second on the play - the only 3,000 Hits Club member to have that happen on the historic play.
Hank Aaron , Willie Mays , Eddie Murray , Rafael Palmeiro , Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez are the only six members of the 3,000 Hits Club who are also members of the 500 Home Runs Club (four righties, one lefty, one switch-hitter).