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MLB: Suzuki Breaks Most Base Hits Record - 2004-10-02


The Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki has broken one of baseball's oldest hitting records - most base hits in a season, set 84 years ago by Hall of Famer George Sisler.

Until Suzuki, no one in major-league baseball had been able to match Sisler's mark - 257 base hits for the St. Louis Browns in 1920.

Suzuki hit three singles Friday at home against the Texas Rangers. He tied Sisler's record in the first inning and slapped his 258th hit up the middle in third, as fireworks erupted and the crowd went wild.

His Mariners team-mates mobbed the 30-year-old Japanese-born star at first base, and members of the opposing team tipped their caps in tribute. Time was called, and Suzuki went into the stands to shake hands with Sisler's 81-year-old daughter, Frances Sisler Drochelman.

Suzuki's third hit, an infield single in the sixth inning, pushed his total to 259 hits, with two games left in the season.

Suzuki's first-inning single, the 919th hit of his four major league seasons, broke another long-time record, and he also holds the record for most singles in a year - 222 at last count.

Suzuki had 1,278 hits over nine years in Japan - playing for Orix in the Pacific League - before he came to Seattle. His .373 batting average leads the majors this year.

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