is the only member of the 3,000-Hit Club to reach the mark with a pinch hit. On May 13, 1958, with Musial at hit #2,999, the Cardinals decided to sit "The Man" from the final game of a series in Chicago so that he could make history at Busch Stadium (formerly Sportsman's Park). But with the Cards trailing 3-1 in the sixth, St. Louis manager Fred Hutchinson opted to bat Musial for weak-hitting Redbird pitcher Sam Jones. Musial came through with a double to left, sparking a rally that would push the Cardinals to victory.

The 37-year-old Musial finished the 1958 season with a .337 batting average—third best in the National League and "sandwiched" between the next two members of the Club: Willie Mays (.347) and Hank Aaron (.326).

Stan Musial's 3,000th Hit
Date: May 13, 1958 Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago
Club: St. Louis (NL) Opponent: Chicago (NL)
Pitcher: Moe Drabowsky Hit: Double
Total career hits: 3,630

Boxscore from The Sporting News
 

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