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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Has Derek Jeter already passed Honus Wagner in career hits?

Yankee announcers have Derek Jeter still chasing Honus Wagner.  But look at this list:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/H_career.shtml

Explaining the Honus Wagner Career Hits Discrepancy
Posted by Mike Lynch on July 29, 2014

As Derek Jeter continues his climb up baseball's all-time hits list, we have received several inquiries about Honus Wagner's career hit total. We list 3,420, while MLB lists him with 3,430 career hits. While the similarity of the numbers may imply a simple typo, it turns out that the reasons for the one-digit difference are not simple at all.
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Honus Wagner batting in 1911 by Pinkerton Cabinets (Heritage Auctions) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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