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Sunday, September 09, 2012
20 years ago today, a great milestone was achieved. One of the game’s most prestigious clubs gained a new member when Robin Yount laced an infield single against Cleveland’s Jose Mesa. It was career hit No. 3,000 for the veteran Brewer. He was the 17th member of the club.
What makes Robin Yount’s membership especially noteworthy and impressive is how young he was. On Sept. 9, 2012, he was exactly a week shy of being 37 years old.
Only three men have ever notched their 3,000th hit before turning 37 years old: Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Robin Yount. Yeah, that’s a mighty cozy club. It’s a nice one to be a member of.
You might notice the all-time hit leader absent from that list. Pete Rose didn’t get to 3,000 until 21 days after turning 37. That’s actually the fifth oldest person to do it. Just last year Derek Jeter joined the exclusive fraternity at the age of 37 years and 13 days—just a tad younger than Rose.
The all-time youngest man to join the club is, naturally, Cobb. He was just 34 years old when he did it, easily topping Aaron, who was 19 months older than Cobb when he did it.
But most of these have something else in common. They had far, far more than 3,000 hits when their careers ended. Rose, Cobb and Aaron are 1-2-3 on the all-time hit leader board. Jeter’s 12th in hits and still going strong. As I write this, he’s leading AL in hits in 2012. Not bad for a 38-year-old.
Yount? He’s back in 18th place, with “only” 3,142 career safeties. What happened? Simple—Yount’s key factor was how extremely young he was when he started. He got his starting job as Brewers shortstop at age 18. He was healthy, played every day, often at the top of the lineup, and didn't draw many walks. Thus, even in his early years when he still learning the game, he got a respectable number of hits.
The other guys started young, too, but for Aaron, Jeter and Rose, starting young meant starting in their early 20s. Yount had a few years and a couple hundred hit head start on them, and most of the other guys in the 1,000 hit club. Yount had about 1,000 hits before he really hit his stride at age 26.
By 1992, Yount was still decent, but certainly past his prime. After one more year he decided he’d had enough. He probably could’ve lasted a little longer if he'd wanted to, but he opted to retire. And 3,142 certainly is nothing to sneeze at. But the biggest one of all is the one that came 20 years ago: No. 3,000.
Aside from that, many other events have their anniversary or “day-versary” (which is something that occurred X-thousand days ago) today. Here they are, with the better ones in bold if you’d prefer to just skim through things.
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