On This Day In Baseball History: August 4, 1985

Rod Carew and Tom Seaver

 

California Angels first baseman Rod Carew singles off Twins lefty Frank Viola for his 3,000 career hit at Anaheim Stadium. Carew was the 16th player to collect 3,000 hits. It was a nice cap to a career that started in 1967 with the Twins. During his career Carew led the AL in runs once in 1977, hits three times; 1973, 1974, & 1977, triples twice; 1973 & 1977, and batting average seven times; 1969, 1972-1975, 1977 & 1978. The 18-time All-Star also won the AL Rookie of the Year in 1967 and the AL MVP in 1977.

 

 

On the other side of the country Chicago White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver defeated the Yankees to become the 17th player to collect his 300th win. Seaver would go on to win 11 more games before calling it quits in 1986. Seaver had one of the most dominant decades of any pitcher in history between 1967-1977. During that span he led the NL in wins twice; 1969 & 1975, ERA three times; 1970 & 1971, 1973, complete games once; 1973, and strikeouts five times. During that time he was also a 10-time All-Star, 1967 NL Rookie of the Year and a 3-time NL CY Young winner.

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