In Major League Baseball, the 3000 hit club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have made 3000 or more career base hits. Currently, there are 28 players who have accomplished this.

In general, the 3000th hit is not a surprise, as the player has been approaching the mark for some time. However, teams will often interrupt the game in which the player reaches the mark in order to honor him on reaching a historically significant milestone in what has been an excellent baseball career. The club's "founding member" was Cap Anson in 1897, even before what is known as the "modern era of baseball," making the 3000 hit club one of the oldest markers of greatness in the sport. Getting 3000 hits is generally considered - barring severe bad behavior off the field - one of the most reliable marks of a player entering the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 3000 hits mark indicates good performance over a long period of time. An average ball player gets approximately 600-700 at-bats per year, of which a good player will bat safely in roughly 180-233—between a .300 and a .333 batting average. At this pace, a ball player will reach 3,000 hits in between 12 and 17 seasons. Since most players only play for up to 8-10 years at the Major League level, and usually decline significantly in their numbers toward the end of that period, only a player who remains healthy over a long period and can continue to play like a younger man into his late 30s and even his early 40s can successfully amass 3,000 hits.

Rarely mentioned is the 4000 hit club, which only has two members.

After a slump in the 1980s, the 1990s saw seven players reaching 3000 hits, tied with the 1970s for the most of any decade.

See also: List of lifetime MLB hit leaders through history, List of major league players with 2,000 hits

The membersEdit

PlayerHitsDate of 3000thTeamsSeasons
Pete Rose4256May 5, 1978Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Montreal1963-1986
Ty Cobb4191August 19,1921Detroit, Philadelphia (AL)1905-1928
Hank Aaron3771May 17, 1970Milwaukee/Atlanta, Milwaukee1954-1976
Stan Musial3630May 13, 1958St. Louis1941-1944, 1946-1963
Tris Speaker3514May 17, 1925Boston, Cleveland, Washington, Philadelphia (AL)1907-1928
Carl Yastrzemski3419September 12, 1979Boston1961-1983
Honus Wagner3415June 9, 1914Louisville, Pittsburgh1897-1917
Paul Molitor3319September 16, 1996Milwaukee, Toronto, Minnesota1978-1998
Eddie Collins3315June 3, 1925Philadelphia (AL), Chicago (AL)1906-1930
Willie Mays3283July 18, 1970New York (NL)/San Francisco, New York (NL)1951-1973
Eddie Murray3255June 30, 1995Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York (NL), Cleveland, Anaheim1977-1997
Nap Lajoie3242September 27, 1914Philadelphia (AL), Cleveland1896-1916
Cal Ripken, Jr.3184April 15, 2000Baltimore


Derek Jeter

George Brett|| 3156


July 9, 2011

September 30, 1992|| New York (AL)

Kansas City|| 1995 - present


Paul Waner3152June 19, 1942Pittsburgh, Boston (NL), Brooklyn, New York (AL)1926-1945
Robin Yount3142September 9, 1992Milwaukee1974-1993
Tony Gwynn3141August 6, 1999San Diego1982-2001
Dave Winfield3110September 16, 1993San Diego, New York (AL), California, Toronto, Minnesota, Cleveland1973-1995
Craig Biggio3060June 28, 2007Houston1988-2007
Cap Anson3055July 18, 1897Chicago (NL)1876-1897
Rickey Henderson3055October 7, 2001Oakland, New York (AL), Toronto, San Diego, Anaheim, New York (NL), Seattle, Boston, Los Angeles1979-2003 (Hasn't officially declared retirement and played in several games in 2004 but hasn't played since as of now)
Rod Carew3053August 4, 1985Minnesota, California1967-1985
Lou Brock3023August 13, 1979Chicago (NL), St. Louis1961-1979
Rafael Palmeiro3020July 15, 2005Chicago (NL), Texas, Baltimore1986-2005 (Still an active player but hasn't played since 2005)
Wade Boggs3010August 7, 1999Boston, New York (AL), Tampa Bay1982-1999
Al Kaline3007September 24, 1974Detroit1953-1974
Roberto Clemente3000September 30, 1972Pittsburgh



Roberto Clemente's 3,000th Hit-000:33

Roberto Clemente's 3,000th Hit-0


Roberto Clemente's 3000th Hit (Hit at 0:15)

Wade Boggs' 3,000th Hit03:08:51

Wade Boggs' 3,000th Hit


Wade Boggs' 3000th Hit (Hit at 2:11:25)

Lou Brock's 3000th Hit00:11

Lou Brock's 3000th Hit


Lou Brock's 3000th Hit (Hit at 0:03)

Rod Carew 3000th Hit00:29

Rod Carew 3000th Hit


Rod Carew's 3000th Hit (Hit at 0:18)

Craig Biggio's 3,000 hit01:59

Craig Biggio's 3,000 hit


Craig Biggio's 3000th Hit (Hit at 1:36)

Dave Winfield's 3000 Hit04:06

Dave Winfield's 3000 Hit

©Mookie TheSportsDaddy

Dave Winfield's 3000th Hit (Hit at 0:16)

Tony Gwinn's 3000 Hit00:28

Tony Gwinn's 3000 Hit


Tony Gwynn's 3000th Hit (Hit at 0:06)

Cal Ripken, Jr01:16

Cal Ripken, Jr. 3,000th Hit


Cal Ripken, Jr.'s 3000th Hit (Hit at 0:11)

Eddie Murray 3,000th Hit00:31

Eddie Murray 3,000th Hit


Eddie Murray's 3000th Hit (Hit at 0:06)

Derek Jeter 3,000 Hit04:38

Derek Jeter 3,000 Hit

©Jay Gandhi

Derek Jeter's 3000th Hit (Hit at 0:13)

Pete Rose 3,000 Hit05:39

Pete Rose 3,000 Hit

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Pete Rose's 3000th Hit (Hit at 2:43)

Pete Rose's 4,192nd Hit02:12:51

Pete Rose's 4,192nd Hit


Pete Rose's 4192nd Hit; Breaking Ty Cobb's Record (Hit at 27:53)

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