Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dave Winfield Gets Hit Number 3000 on September 16, 1993

On this day in Baseball History September 16, 1993: Slugger Dave Winfield of the Minnesota Twins strokes a single against Oakland A's closer Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the ninth inning to join the 3,000 hit club. In doing so, Winfield becomes the 19th member of the 3,000 hit club. According to the online exhibit The 3,000 Hit Club by the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
Winfield, the second member of the 3,000-Hit Club to have never played a day in the minors (Al Kaline was the first), was the first member of the Club to reach the plateau at an indoor stadium.
The boxscore of the September 16, 1993 game between the Oakland A's and Minnesota Twins  is from The 3,000 Hit Club exhibit of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here is the 3,000 hit club at the time Winfield joined the club:

  1. Unknown Cap Anson
  2. 06/09/1914 Honus Wagner
  3. 09/27/1914 Nap Lajoie (first game of the doubleheader)
  4. 08/19/1921 Ty Cobb (second game of the doubleheader)
  5. 05/17/1925 Tris Speaker
  6. 06/03/1925 Eddie Collins
  7. 06/19/1942 Paul Waner
  8. 05/13/1958 Stan Musial
  9. 05/17/1970 Hank Aaron (second game of the doubleheader)
  10. 07/18/1970 Willie Mays
  11. 09/30/1972 Roberto Clemente
  12. 09/24/1974 Al Kaline
  13. 05/05/1978 Pete Rose
  14. 08/13/1979 Lou Brock
  15. 09/12/1979 Carl Yastrzemski
  16. 08/04/1985 Rod Carew
  17. 09/09/1992 Robin Yount
  18. 09/30/1992 George Brett
Winfield would finish his career with 3,110 hits and retired at the end of the 1995 season. He would be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 with 84.5% of the vote (435/515 ballots).

Winfield was one of my favorite Baseball players of all-time and I'm glad he was able to join the greats in the Hall of Fame. In this age of super prospects, I don't think that we'll ever see a player to not play a game in the Minor Leagues before being promoted to the Majors. That might be a safe bet to make. What do you think? Agree? Disagree?

Until Then Keep Playing Ball,
Baseball Sisco

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