Some Trivia About Ichiro’s 262-Hit Season in 2004

Quoting from the Seattle Mariners 2005 media guide, here are some tidbits about how in 2004 Ichiro:

– Established all-time ML single-season hit record with 262 hits, passing George Sisler’s mark of 257 hits (1920).
– Also established the all-time ML mark for most hits over any four-year span, with 924… previous mark was 918 by Bill Terry (1929-1932).
– His 262 hits were 46 more than AL runner-up (Michael Young, Tex. -216), the largest hit differential ever in one league by a first- and second-place finisher… previous mark was 44, by Stan Musial (228) over Dixie Walker (184) in the NL in 1946.
– Became first player ever with 200 hits in each of first four years in the Majors.

– Led the Majors, and established a club record with .372 batting average…5th Mariner to win a batting title, and second Mariner to win two batting titles (Edgar Martinez, 1992, 1995).
– Set club record with 80 multi-hit games, the most in the Majors during the Division Play era (1969).
– Set ML record for most singles with 225.
– Led Majors with 57 infield hits.
– Hit three lead-off home runs, extending his club record to 12 career lead-off home runs…lead-off homers came April 30 at Detroit; Aug. 15 vs. New York Aug. 17 at Kansas City.
– Had a career-high 5 hits four times (July 29 at Ana.; Aug. 3 at Bal. game #1; Sept. 4 at Chi.; Sept. 21 at Ana.), becoming just 5th player ever with four 5+-hit games in a season.. .joins Tony Gwynn, 1993; Stan Musial, 1948; Ty Cobb, 1922; Willie Keeler, 1897.

– Had 50 hits in a month three times (50 in May, 51 in July, 56 in August)…he is the first player with consecutive 50-hit months since Joe Medwick in 1936 (50 in July, 52 in August)…the 56 hits in August were a club record for hits in a month and the most hits in a month by a player since Jeff Heath had 58 hits in August, 1938.
– Became first player with four 50-hit months (also 51 hits in Aug. 2001) in a career since Pete Rose (Aug. 1966; Aug. 1968; July 1973; Sept. 1979).
– Recorded 36 stolen bases, 2nd in the AL, becoming first Mariner ever with four straight seasons with 30+ stolen bases.
– Reached base safely in 40-straight games, April 29-June 13, a new career-high.
– Collected 2,000- hit of pro career (US & Japan) with single in 5- inning May 21 vs. Detroit.

– Matched club record for right fielders with two outfield assists June 12 vs. Montreal…finished 3rd in the AL with 12 outfield assists.
– Elected to start in All-Star Game; was 1×4 with one run scored in Mid-Summer Classic in Houston.
– Led ML with 704 at bats, just the 3rd player ever with 700 at bats in a season, joining Willie Wilson (705 in 1980) & Juan Samuel (701 in 1984).
– Led AL (2nd in Majors) with .372 batting average with runners in scoring position (45×121).
– Led AL with 19 intentional walks…also was third-hardest player to strikeout (12.1 PA/K) and 4th-toughest to double-up
(117.3 AB/GIDP).

– Had a 21-game hit streak, tied for 2nd-longest in the AL, July 4-29…third 20+ game hit streak of his career.
– Only game not played was July 10 at Chicago.
– Set career-high with four stolen bases July 20 vs. Boston.
– Tied career-high with 5 RBI Aug. 17 at Kansas City, going 4×4, with a home run and 2 runs scored.
– Left game on Aug. 18 with mild concussion after being hit by a pitch.
– Was 4×7 and a home run short of the cycle Aug. 21 at Detroit.
– Recorded 200th hit of the season, a home run, on Aug. 26 vs. Kansas City, becoming the fastest player, by date, to reach 200 hits in the Division Play era.

– 200th hit came in team-game #126, the fastest to 200 hits in team games since 1930: Bill Terry (#119) and Chuck Klein (#125).
– Had eight hits in eight at bats over two games Sept. 21-22.
– Recorded hit #257 & #258 Oct. 1 vs. Texas, both off Ryan Drese, tying and passing George Sisler…hit #257 was a single in the first inning to left field…hit #258 was single in the third inning to center.
– Final hit, #262, came Oct. 3 vs. Texas, a single to center in the 8th inning off Brian Shouse.

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