On This Day in Baseball History May 5, 1978: At Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Reds third baseman Pete Rose singles off of Montreal Expos starter Steve Rogers in the fifth inning to become the 13th member of the 3,000 hits club. Rose was the first Cincinnati Reds player to reach the 3,000 hits plateau.
At the time of Rose’s accomplishment, the following players had made up the 3,000 hit club with date of accomplishment:
- Cap Anson (date unknown)
- Honus Wagner (June 9, 1914)
- Nap Lajoie (September 27, 1914 of first game of doubleheader)
- Ty Cobb (August 19, 1921 second game of doubleheader)
- Tris Speaker (May 17, 1925)
- Eddie Collins (June 3, 1925)
- Paul Waner (June 19, 1942)
- Stan Musial (May 13, 1958)
- Hank Aaron (May 17, 1970 second game of doubleheader)
- Willie Mays (July 18, 1970)
- Roberto Clemente (September 30, 1972)
- Al Kaline (September 24, 1974)
Rose would pass Stan Musial for the National League hits record of 3,630 hits on August 10, 1981 and would pass Ty Cobb’s major league record of 4,191 hits on September 11, 1985. Rose would finish his career in 1986 with 4,256 hits.
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