28 players have reached the 3,000 hit club in MLB history.
The Cleveland Indians are the only franchise to see three players reach the milestone while on their roster: Lajoie (while the franchise was known as the "Naps"), Tris Speaker, and Eddie Murray. Four players—Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Murray, and Rafael Palmeiro—are also members of the 500 home run club. Cobb holds the highest career batting average, .366, of the club while Cal Ripken, Jr. holds the lowest at .276. Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter are the only players to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit and Paul Molitor is the only player to hit a triple for his 3,000th; all others hit a double or single. Biggio was thrown out at second base attempting to stretch his 3,000th hit, a single, into a double. Biggio and Jeter are the only players to join the club in a game where he had five hits.
Membership in the 3,000 hit club is often described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame. All eligible club members, with the exception of Rafael Palmeiro, have been elected to the Hall. Since 1962, all elected members were elected on the first ballot. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or deceased for at least six months, disqualifying one living player (Biggio) who has been active within the past five seasons. Additionally, Rose was declared permanently ineligible for his role in gambling on baseball games.
|3,000 Hits Club|
|Hit #3,000 Details|
|Pete Rose||4,256||05-05-1978||37||Steve Rogers||Single||9,690||2,370|
|Ty Cobb||4,189||08-19-1921||34||Elmer Myers||Single||unknown||2,135|
|Hank Aaron||3,771||05-17-1970||36||Wayne Simpson||Single||9,566||2,460|
|Stan Musial||3,630||05-13-1958||37||Moe Drabowsky||Double||8,774||2,301|
|Tris Speaker||3,514||05-17-1925||37||Tom Zachary||Single||unknown||2,341|
|Carl Yastrzemski||3,419||09-12-1979||40||Jim Beattie||Single||10,418||2,848|
|Honus Wagner||3,415||06-09-1914||40||Erskine Mayer||Double||unknown||2,332|
|Paul Molitor||3,319||09-16-1996||40||Jose Rosado||Triple||9,750||2,411|
|Eddie Collins||3,315||06-03-1925||38||Rip Collins||Single||unknown||2,505|
|Willie Mays||3,283||07-18-1970||39||Mike Wegener||Single||9,802||2,639|
|Eddie Murray||3,255||06-30-1995||39||Mike Trombley||Single||10,392||2,764|
|Nap Lajoie||3,242||09-27-1914||39||Marty McHale||Double||unknown||2,224|
|Cal Ripken, Jr.||3,184||04-15-2000||39||Hector Carrasco||Single||10,803||2,800|
|George Brett||3,154||09-30-1992||39||Tim Fortugno||Single||9,779||2,559|
|Paul Waner||3,152||06-19-1942||39||Rip Sewell||Single||unknown||2,314|
|Robin Yount||3,142||09-09-1992||36||Jose Mesa||Single||10,473||2,708|
|Tony Gwynn||3,141||08-06-1999||39||Dan Smith||Single||8,874||2,284|
|Dave Winfield||3,110||09-16-1993||41||Dennis Eckersley||Single||10,559||2,840|
|Derek Jeter||3088||07-09-2011||37||David Price||Homerun|
|Craig Biggio||3,060||06-28-2007||41||Aaron Cook||Single||10,645||2,781|
|Cap Anson||3,055||07-18-1897||45||George Blackburn||Single||unknown||unknown|
|Rickey Henderson||3,055||10-07-2001||42||John Thomson||Double||10,710||2,979|
|Rod Carew||3,053||08-04-1985||39||Frank Viola||Single||9,101||2,417|
|Lou Brock||3,023||08-13-1979||40||Dennis Lamp||Single||10,324||2,629|
|Rafael Palmeiro||3,020||07-15-2005||40||Joel Pineiro||Double||10,393||2,809|
|Wade Boggs||3,010||08-07-1999||41||Chris Haney||Homerun||9,151||2,430|
|Al Kaline||3,007||09-24-1974||39||Dave McNally||Double||10,096||2,825|
|Roberto Clemente||3,000||09-30-1972||38||Jon Matlack||Double||9,454||2,433|
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