On a recent post, some readers got into an interesting discussion about whether there has ever been a major-league game with 4 batters each having at least 2,500 career hits.
It would've happened this year when the Rays faced the Yankees, before Manny Ramirez 'retired'. He would have joined Jeter, A-rod, and Damon.
Reader Doug N writes in with the following gems:
In your Blog posting last week about the Rays not hitting, quite a discussion got going on the topic of players in a game having 2500+ hits.
The consensus view at that time was that this had probably not happened since 1927 in As/Senators games of that year. In fact, though, this occurred in two games just last year, involving Jeter, ARod, Manny and Garret Anderson.
I suspect this may be of interest to Dukeofflatbush, DavidRF and others, if you have a way to pass this on.
Nice finds by Doug. Then, he wrote back to add the following:
Some other really close calls.
The Orioles acquired Harold Baines from the White Sox July 29, 1997. The Angels acquired Rickey Henderson from the Padres Aug 13, 1997. Both Baines and Henderson had reached the 2500 hit mark shortly before being traded. After the Henderson trade, the Angels then released Eddie Murray the next day, Aug 14. The Angels and the Orioles played Aug 8-10, and again Aug 16-18. Had Murray stayed a few more days, or Henderson arrived a few days earlier, then Murray, Henderson, Ripken and Baines would have been in uniform for one (or both) of the Angels/Orioles series.
Texas and the Yankees played Aug 27-29, 2009. The Rangers had Omar Vizquel and Ivan Rodriquez, and the Yankees had Jeter and A-Rod. Alex picked up 4 hits in the series to bring his career total to (alas) 2,494, just shy of the milestone. It was the last meeting of the season for the two teams.
The oddest set of 2500 hit teammates? Personal taste, of course, but I'll go with Babe Ruth and Rabbit Maranville. The appeared together in 3 games including this one, where each both played in the field and reached base safely.
Thanks to Doug and all the other readers for researching this--a very interesting question.
Now who can guess when it will happen next?