Today in Tribe History: September 27, 1914

1914Nap Lajoie joins the 3,000 hit club, becoming just the second Major League ball player* to do so.  Honus Wagner previously beat him to the plateau earlier in the season on June 9th.

Lajoie did so with a double off of New York’s Marty McHale in game one of a doubleheader won by his namesake, 5-3. The actual date has been contested, however, as there is speculation that Lajoie was not credited with as many as nine hits in his first season in the American League with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901, which would push the date of his entrance into the 3,000 hit club back to September 17th against the Boston Red Sox and pitcher Rube Foster.

Lajoie’s feat was one of the few highlights in a bad 1914 campaign for the Indians, most notably the team’s first 100-loss season. The team spent all but two days, June 30th and July 1st, in last place.

*As a footnote, Cap Anson reached the mark first with the Chicago Colts in 1894 with his 3,000th hit, if counting his time with the National Association, something that Major League Baseball does not officially recognize among their statistics. If ignoring those numbers, he may have reached the mark on July 18th, 1897. But, drawing further controversy into the question, additional research into his situation showed that he was incorrectly credited with several additional hits instead of walks during the 1887 season, which would have dropped his career total in the National League to 2,995.

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