This Day In Sports History (October 1st) – Ichiro Suzuki
It was on this day in 2004 that Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki recorded his 258th base hit of the season. Ichiro broke the 84-year-old record, which was previously held by first baseman George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns.
Ichiro tied the record in the first inning, singling off of Texas Rangers starter Ryan Drese. And Ichiro would waste no time breaking the record, as he would hit another single in his very next at bat, this time off of Rangers relief pitcher John Wasdin. Suzuki ended the season with a mind-boggling 262 base hits, 225 of them singles, which is also a Major League record.
Since entering the league in 2001, Ichiro Suzuki has been the most consistent hitter in terms of total base-hits in baseball. He is the only player to record 200 hits in ten consecutive seasons, and he has a career Major League batting average of .319.
Here is Ichiro’s record breaking 258th base hit:
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