George Sisler hit .407 in the 1920 season in which he set the Major League record with 257 hits. Gorgeous George lived the rest of his days as the record holder before passing away in March of 1973.
Seven months after Sisler’s death Ichiro Suzuki was born in Japan. Suzuki grew up an ocean away from the United States but made waves in America’s National Pastime. After 9 years and 1,287 with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League, Ichiro came to the USA’s Major Leagues in 2001.
He made an immediate impact, hitting .350 with 242 hits to capture both the Rookie of the Year Award and MVP Awards. In each of his first ten seasons, Ichiro collected at least 208 hits.
In 2004 he eclipsed Sisler’s 84-year old mark by tallying 262 safeties. By the end of his first decade in America, the Mariners outfielder had 2,244 hits, a .331 average, and ten all star appearances.
In the collection is this 3×5 card signed by both Sisler and Ichiro.
Minor league baseball is considered Pro Ball…Those records are not considered in Major League stats….Why would you put Japanese Baseball stats into the conversation…Sadaharu Oh had 868 home runs we don’t consider that as a Major league baseball record…
I think in Ichiro’s case the fact that he was able to bring the same level of performance to his time in major league baseball does give credence to his years in Japan being entered into the equation.
Probably the greatest natural hitter in my lifetime
Joseph A Acosta, yet Oh’s homeruns aren’t included with Hank’s home run records like Ichiro’s records because Oh never played in MLB like Ichiro. Difference. Ichiro played & demonstrated that HE was capable of playing in today’s MLB whereas Sadaharo Oh didn’t.