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2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000″ – Tony Gwynn

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Tony Gwynn

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – August 6, 1999

The Story – On the road, and across the US border, Gwynn and his Padres teammates were taking on the Expos in Montreal.  And in front of just 13,540 fans, Gwynn became a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’.  Coming into the game, Gwynn was hitting a solid .326 on the year.  But on this night in Montreal, he went 4-for-5 as he collected 4 singles against the Expos.  The 8-time batting champ accomplished this rare and amazing baseball feat in just 18 big league seasons as he averaged more than 166 hits in each campaign.

Baseball History – Tony Gwynn will go down as one of the sport’s greatest contact hitters of all time.  He retired with a career batting average of .338 and his 3,141 hits ranks him in 18th place on the all-time list.