Ichiro and 2500 Hit Teammates
With Ichiro‘s arrival in the Bronx, he joins Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriquez as Yankees with 2500 or more career hits.
How unusal is that? I’ll take a look after the jump.
In fact, yesterday’s Mariners/Yankees tilt was the first major league game in almost 84 years featuring 3 players on the same team already over the 2500 hit plateau. It was also the first game in over 85 years with a starting lineup with 3 such players.
Manager Connie Mack started 3 future HOFers on August 30, 1928, as his As hosted the Red Sox. Those three were not the 2500-hit players, but young up-and-comers Al Simmons in left, Jimmie Foxx at 3rd base, and Mickey Cochrane behind the plate. Three other future HOFers (Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins and Tris Speaker) appeared as pinch-hitters, all unsuccessfully. This would be Speaker’s final game. Cobb followed him with his finale two weeks later, again making an out as a pinch-hitter. Collins would hang on for 2 more seasons, but he had already played his final game in the field. Incidentally, a seventh future HOFer also appeared in this game – Boston pitcher Red Ruffing pinch-hit in the 9th inning and delivered a double to plate the tying and winning runs.
The last time a starting lineup featured 3 players over 2500 hits was a year earlier, on July 13, 1927, with the White Sox hosting the As. The Athletics started 6 future HOFers, three 2500-hit players (Cobb, Collins and Zack Wheat) plus Simmons, Cochrane and starting pitcher Lefty Grove. The opposition also provided a 7th HOFer, their starting pitcher Ted Lyons.
Since 1928, a number of teams have had two 2500-hit players on their rosters but, until now, never three. I’ve found these ones (let me know of any I’ve missed).
- 1935 Braves – Rabbit Maranville, Babe Ruth
- 1936 Tigers - Goose Goslin, Al Simmons
- 1938 Senators – Goose Goslin, Al Simmons
- 1938-39 Pirates – Paul Waner, Heinie Manush
- 1973 Angels – Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson
- 1982 Red Sox – Carl Yastrzemski, Tony Perez
- 1983 Phillies – Pete Rose, Tony Perez
- 1984-86 Reds – Pete Rose, Tony Perez
- 1989 Royals – George Brett, Bill Buckner
- 1990 Brewers – Robin Yount, Dave Parker
- 1991 Angels – Dave Winfield, Dave Parker
- 1995 Indians – Dave Winfield, Eddie Murray
- 1996 Orioles – Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray
- 1997 Padres – Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn
- 1997 Angels – Rickey Henderson, Eddie Murray (teammates for only one day)
- 1997-2000 Orioles – Cal Ripken, Harold Baines
- 2001 Orioles – Cal Ripken, Tim Raines
- 2001 Padres – Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn
- 2006 Giants – Barry Bonds, Steve Finley
- 2007 Giants – Barry Bonds, Omar Vizquel
- 2008 Tigers – Ivan Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield
- 2008 Yankees – Ivan Rodriguez, Derek Jeter
- 2009 Rangers – Ivan Rodriguez, Omar Vizquel
- 2009-11 Yankees – Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter
- 2010 Dodgers – Garret Anderson, Manny Ramirez
- 2010 White Sox – Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez
- 2011 Rays – Johnny Damon, Manny Ramirez
There were also no teams with three 2500-hit teammates prior to the 1927 As. These are the only teams from the early days with two such teammates.
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