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46 Years Ago Today at Memorial Stadium

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Baltimore native Al Kaline collected the 3,000th hit (and last extra-base hit) of his major league career with a double off Dave McNally.  Kaline would collect another seven hits before the season was over, but all of them were singles.

The Orioles came from behind with two runs in the eighth to win the game, 5-4.  The winning run scored on a bunt single by, of all people, Andy Etchebarren.  Bullet Bob Reynolds, in relief of McNally, was the winning pitcher.

While this was going on, the Yankees, who entered the day in first place, one game ahead of the Orioles, were losing a doubleheader to the Red Sox, leaving the Orioles in first place by a half game.

They never let the Yankees catch up.  The Orioles won all of their remaining seven games to end the season on a nine-game winning streak and finished in first place by two games.

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3 hours ago, SteveA said:

 

Did anyone else get their 3,000th hit in their home town ???

Maybe Rose ???

 

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In addition to Paul Molitor collecting his 3,000th hit playing for his hometown team (he is from St. Paul, Minnesota), he is also to this day the only player ever to have hit a Triple for his 3,000th hit.

I remember watching it when it happened, in September of 1996. He did it on the road though, in Kansas City.

 

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On 10/8/2020 at 6:09 PM, SteveA said:

Did anyone else get their 3000th hit in their home town?

Maybe Rose?

Yes, Pete Rose did get his 3,000th hit at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.  It was a single off Montreal's Steve Rogers, May 5, 1978.

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On 10/8/2020 at 6:09 PM, SteveA said:

Did anyone else get their 3000th hit in their home town?

Maybe Rose?

And there was one other player who got his 3,000th hit in his home town - Alex Rodriguez, born in New York City, who collected his 3,000th hit at Yankee Stadium.

It is arguable that Dave Winfield should also be included on the list.  He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and collected his 3,000th hit as a Twin at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.  Technically, Minneapolis and St. Paul are separate cities, so he didn't get the hit in his home town.  On the other hand, the Twins' team name recognizes the fact that Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

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1 hour ago, WillyM said:

And there was one other player who got his 3,000th hit in his home town - Alex Rodriguez, born in New York City, who collected his 3,000th hit at Yankee Stadium.

It is arguable that Dave Winfield should also be included on the list.  He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and collected his 3,000th hit as a Twin at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.  Technically, Minneapolis and St. Paul are separate cities, so he didn't get the hit in his home town.  On the other hand, the Twins' team name recognizes the fact that Minneapolis and St. Paul are known as the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

Good stuff!

I agree, Winfield counts too.

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