| was just nine hits shy of the 3,000-Hit Club when
his 1999 season ended with back surgery. Healthy in 2000, Cal entered the Orioles-Twins
game of April 15, needing three hits to reach the milestone mark. With three singles,
ironically including a Baltimore chop to third base, Cal became the 24th man to reach the
coveted 3,000-hit plateau. The first to congratulate Cal was his friend, first base coach,
and fellow Club member Eddie Murray. Ripken was the first man to garner his 3,000th hit in
the month of April, the third to reach the mark in the Metrodome, and the
seventh to combine
3,000 hits with at least 400 home runs.
|Boxscore from the Observer-Dispatch, Utica, New York|
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