Hank Aaron & The ’3000 Hits Club’
It has been well documented that Hank’s main personal goal in baseball was to collect 3,000 hits, just like his boyhood idol – Stan Musial.
Aaron’s 3,000th hit (a single) came in the second game of a doubleheader against the Reds, May 17, 1970.
But Hank went beyond 3,000. He retired from professional baseball with 3,771 career hits. At the time of his retirement, he was second on the all-time hits list behind only Ty Cobb. Today, he is in third place, behind Cobb and Pete Rose. He collected 141 more hits than the player in 4th place on the list, his childhood idol – Stan Musial.