Damon on the verge of something special

Johnny Damon is on the verge of being tied for 63rd place on the all-time hit list. He is one hit away from 2654.

Why should we care?

Why do we care?

Because Damon, with 2,653 hits, is just one away from tying Ted Williams. As Joe Smith quotes Damon in today’s St. Petersburg Times, “That’s probably going to be the most special one on the list,” Damon said. “Obviously, every hit you get and whoever you tie or pass is special. But I think Ted Williams is tops for me.”

“He’ll go down as the greatest hitter of all time,” Damon said. “Obviously he probably could have got more hits if he didn’t walk as much … and also serving our country like he did. … He’s numero uno.”

Here are the all-time hit leaders:

Rk Player H From To AB BB BA OBP
1 Pete Rose 4256 1963 1986 14053 1566 .303 .375
2 Ty Cobb 4189 1905 1928 11434 1249 .366 .433
3 Hank Aaron 3771 1954 1976 12364 1402 .305 .374
4 Stan Musial 3630 1941 1963 10972 1599 .331 .417
5 Tris Speaker 3514 1907 1928 10195 1381 .345 .428
6 Carl Yastrzemski 3419 1961 1983 11988 1845 .285 .379
7 Paul Molitor 3319 1978 1998 10835 1094 .306 .369
8 Eddie Collins 3315 1906 1930 9949 1499 .333 .424
9 Willie Mays 3283 1951 1973 10881 1464 .302 .384
10 Eddie Murray 3255 1977 1997 11336 1333 .287 .359
11 Cal Ripken 3184 1981 2001 11551 1129 .276 .340
12 George Brett 3154 1973 1993 10349 1096 .305 .369
13 Paul Waner 3152 1926 1945 9459 1091 .333 .404
14 Robin Yount 3142 1974 1993 11008 966 .285 .342
15 Tony Gwynn 3141 1982 2001 9288 790 .338 .388
16 Dave Winfield 3110 1973 1995 11003 1216 .283 .353
17 Craig Biggio 3060 1988 2007 10876 1160 .281 .363
18 Rickey Henderson 3055 1979 2003 10961 2190 .279 .401
19 Rod Carew 3053 1967 1985 9315 1018 .328 .393
20 Lou Brock 3023 1961 1979 10332 761 .293 .343
21 Rafael Palmeiro 3020 1986 2005 10472 1353 .288 .371
22 Wade Boggs 3010 1982 1999 9180 1412 .328 .415
23 Al Kaline 3007 1953 1974 10116 1277 .297 .376
24 Roberto Clemente 3000 1955 1972 9454 621 .317 .359
25 Derek Jeter 2994 1995 2011 9584 971 .312 .383
26 Sam Rice 2987 1915 1934 9269 708 .322 .374
27 Frank Robinson 2943 1956 1976 10006 1420 .294 .389
28 Barry Bonds 2935 1986 2007 9847 2558 .298 .444
29 Rogers Hornsby 2930 1915 1937 8173 1038 .358 .434
30 Al Simmons 2927 1924 1944 8759 615 .334 .380
31 Zack Wheat 2884 1909 1927 9106 650 .317 .367
32 Frankie Frisch 2880 1919 1937 9112 728 .316 .369
33 Mel Ott 2876 1926 1947 9456 1708 .304 .414
34 Babe Ruth 2873 1914 1935 8399 2062 .342 .474
35 Harold Baines 2866 1980 2001 9908 1062 .289 .356
36 Brooks Robinson 2848 1955 1977 10654 860 .267 .322
37 Ivan Rodriguez 2839 1991 2011 9572 511 .297 .334
38 Charlie Gehringer 2839 1924 1942 8860 1186 .320 .404
39 Omar Vizquel 2828 1989 2011 10373 1017 .273 .338
40 Sam Crawford 2821 1901 1917 9054 730 .312 .364
41 George Sisler 2812 1915 1930 8267 472 .340 .379
42 Ken Griffey 2781 1989 2010 9801 1312 .284 .370
43 Andre Dawson 2774 1976 1996 9927 589 .279 .323
44 Honus Wagner 2766 1901 1917 8507 836 .325 .392
45 Vada Pinson 2757 1958 1975 9645 574 .286 .327
46 Alex Rodriguez 2754 1994 2011 9096 1151 .303 .387
47 Luke Appling 2749 1930 1950 8856 1302 .310 .399
48 Al Oliver 2743 1968 1985 9049 535 .303 .344
49 Goose Goslin 2735 1921 1938 8656 949 .316 .387
50 Tony Perez 2732 1964 1986 9778 925 .279 .341
51 Roberto Alomar 2724 1988 2004 9073 1032 .300 .371
52 Lou Gehrig 2721 1923 1939 8001 1508 .340 .447
53 Rusty Staub 2716 1963 1985 9720 1255 .279 .362
54 Bill Buckner 2715 1969 1990 9397 450 .289 .321
55 Dave Parker 2712 1973 1991 9358 683 .290 .339
56 Billy Williams 2711 1959 1976 9350 1045 .290 .361
57 Doc Cramer 2705 1929 1948 9140 572 .296 .340
58 Gary Sheffield 2689 1988 2009 9217 1475 .292 .393
59 Luis Aparicio 2677 1956 1973 10230 736 .262 .311
60 Max Carey 2665 1910 1929 9363 1040 .285 .361
61 Nellie Fox 2663 1947 1965 9232 719 .288 .348
62 Harry Heilmann 2660 1914 1932 7787 856 .342 .410
63 Ted Williams 2654 1939 1960 7706 2021 .344 .482
64 Johnny Damon 2653 1995 2011 9247 955 .287 .354
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Generated 6/29/2011.