3,000: An exclusive club
Of the 32 MLB players who have reached 3,000 hits, 26 of them have their famous safeties documented in some way through artifacts donated to the Hall. The first chronological artifact in the series, a baseball signed by Eddie Collins and Tris Speaker, captures an historic moment when lightning seemed to strike twice on the baseball landscape.
On May 17, 1925, Speaker became the fifth player to reach 3,000 when he singled off Washington Senators pitcher Tom Zachary at League Park in Cleveland. Just more than two weeks later, on June 3, Collins singled off Detroit’s Rip Collins (no relation) to put his own name in the record books. Later that year, the two legends signed a baseball to memorialize their extraordinary timing.
In 1967, Boston Red Sox owner and future Hall of Fame executive Tom Yawkey donated the ball to the Hall of Fame.