Ichiro’s first-inning single last night was the 220th of the year – he would later add No. 221 – and it picked up yet another major league first.
No player in big-league history had ever had five seasons in which he collected at least 220 hits until Ichiro did it with that single.
Two players – Rogers Hornsby and Jesse Burkett, who made his run in the late 1890′s – had at least 220 hits in a year four times.
Seven others – Bill Terry, Chuck Klein, George Sisler, Joe Medwick, Lloyd Waner, Stan Musial and Ty Cobb – had done it in three different seasons.
Why the long list of names? Each of those players is in the Hall of Fame.
Ichiro will join them in due time.