25 years ago today…

…this guy…

…got a hit off this guy

…to pass this guy…

…on the all-time hits list.

Or so we thought.

According to Ty Cobb’s baseball-reference.com page, he only had 4,189 hits. Evidently in 1910 Cobb was erroneously credited twice for a 2-for-4 performance. So, if we are to believe baseball-reference.com (which I am inclined to do), Rose actually passed Cobb’s total on September 8, 1985, in Chicago…not September 11, 1985, in Cincinnati against the Padres.

The record was broken in the first inning when Rose hit a single, his 4,190th career hit, off Cubs pitcher Reggie Patterson (above). Hit #4,191 (originally believed to be the Ty-tying hit) came in the top of the 5th, again a single off Reggie Patterson.

#4,191 (originally thought to be the Ty-tying basehit)

A documentary called 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King was recently produced to commemorate the events of September 11, 1985. It has been shown in select theaters, but I have not seen it yet, and there is no DVD release date. I am interested to see if they address the issue of Cobb’s possibly incorrect hit totals.

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About JT

Preacher. Author. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

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