New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter passed Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. to take sole possession of the 13th spot on Major League Baseball’s career hits list.
Jeter recorded his 3,185th hit when he doubled into the left-field corner to lead off the first inning in New York’s 14-7 loss against the Chicago White Sox last night at Yankee Stadium. Holding the 12th position is Nap Lajoie with 3,252 hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“Derek has been such a special player for such a long time and I am happy to see him continue to play at a high level,” Ripken, a former Baltimore Orioles infielder, said in a statement. “He represents the game and the Yankees wonderfully and I hope that he continues to play and continues to give all of us baseball fans great memories.”
Ripken holds the record for playing in 2,632 consecutive games. He surpassed Yankees Hall of Famer, Lou Gehrig, whose record 2,130 straight games had stood for 56 years.