Derek Jeter moves into 12th place on all-time hits list
CHICAGO – Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter surpassed Nap Lajoie on Monday for sole possession of 12th place all-time with his 3,253rd career hit, a single off White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago.
Jeter nudged ahead of Lajoie by connecting on a shot that Chicago third baseman Kevin Youkilis deflected, scored as the captain’s second hit of the game as New York opened a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field.
Next up on the all-time list for Jeter is Eddie Murray, who is in 11th place with 3,255 hits.
Due to discrepancies in historical stats, some numbers may differ according to the source. Elias is the official statistician of Major League Baseball and recognizes Lajoie as having 3,252 hits, while other historical sources believe Lajoie’s hit total to be slightly lower at 3,242.
A Hall of Fame infielder who was inducted into Cooperstown in 1937, Lajoie’s career spanned from 1896 to 1916, including 13 seasons with Cleveland. He also played five years with the Phillies and four years with the Athletics in Philadelphia.