On This Day In Baseball History: September 12, 1979


Boston Red Sox outfielder and first baseman Carl Yastrzemski gets an 8th inning single off of Yankees Jim Beattie giving Yaz 3,000 career hits. Yastrzemski played his entire 23 year Hall of Fame career with Boston. He would retire following the 1983 season with a total of 3,419 career hits, 9th all-time. His 3,419 career hits with one team is the third most hits for a single team trailing on Derek Jeter (3,465, New York Yankees) and Stan Musial (3,630, St. Louis Cardinals). Yaz’s career total of 3,308 games played is second most all-time trailing only Pete Rose (3,562) and most ever by one player for a single team. The 1967 AL MVP and 18-time All-Star was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989 appearing on 94.6% of ballots, 17th highest percentage and ahead of fellow Red Sox great Ted Williams (93.4%).


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