Ichiro’s 2001 Season

From an old Seattle Mariners media guide, here are some facts, significant and otherwise, about Ichiro’s 2001 rookie mlb season. He:

Became the first Japanese-born position player to play in the Majors and was voted AL MVP and Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA, becoming just the second player ever to win both awards in the same season (Fred Lynn, 1975)…
led the Majors in batting average and stolen bases, the first player to do so since Jackie Robinson (1949)…
became just second rookie ever to lead either league in batting, joining Tony Oliva (1964)…
set ML rookie record for singles…
set AL rookie mark for hits and at bats…
set club record with 242 hits, becoming just the third rookie since 1964 to collect 200 hits (Nomar Garciaparra, 1997; Kevin Seitzer, 1987)…
his 242 hits were the most in the Majors since 1930…
also set club records for most games hit safely (135, tying the ML mark), multi-hit games and infield singles…

among league leaders in runs scored, total bases & triples…
56 stolen bases led the AL and third-most in club history…
was AL Rookie of the Month for April, May, August and September…
23-game hit streak April 22-May 18 tied for longest in the Majors (Moises Alou); second-longest in club history…
made ML debut April 2, starting in right field and going 3×5…

broke a 7-7 tie in the 10th inning with his first Major League home run, a two-run shot (Jeff Zimmerman) in Seattle’s 9-7 win April 6 in Texas…
recorded first outfield assist of the season (9-5) April 11 in Oakland…
had 15-game hit streak April 4-20 (26×65/.400)…
was home run short of the cycle in consecutive games, May 12 & 13 in Toronto…
tied club record with seven consecutive multi-hit games, May 12-19…
had 23-game hit streak April 22-May 18 (44×114/.386)… reached safely in 38 consecutive games before 0x4 June 4 (SF, RBI)…

had two hits in the 1st inning June 29…
struck out as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 7th inning, before a two-run game-tying home run in the top of the 9th inning (Jeff Zimmerman) in Mariners 9-7 win July 2 in Texas…
was home run short of cycle July 3 in Texas…
hit 1st lead-off home run July 6 at LA (K. Brown)…
batted .347 with a club-record 134 hits in the first half…
voted to start All-Star Game; led Majors w/3,373,035 votes; just sixth rookie ever voted to start an All-Star Game (1st since Sandy Alomar in 1990) and first rookie outfielder to start an All-Star Game since Tony Oliva in 1964…

started in center field and was 1×3 including an infield single off Randy Johnson in the first inning in the Midsummer Classic…
lined out as a pinch hitter Aug. 2 to end 11-game hit streak (18×46)…
had 21-game hit streak Aug. 3-24 (42×937/.452)…
0x5 Aug. 26 vs. Cleveland snapped 21-game hit streak & streak of hitting safely in 32 previous starts…
became the first Major League player with three hit streaks of 15 or more games in a season since 1980 (Cecil Cooper) and the first Major Leaguer with two hit streaks of   20+   games   since   1996   (Juan Gonzalez)…
collected 200th hit Aug. 28 in team game #132; matching Darin Erstad (2000) as fastest in the Majors to 200 hits since Joe Medwick in 1935 (131 games) and the fastest in the AL since Al Simmons in 1925 (125 games)…
had a Major League-leading 51 hits in August, just the second Mariner ever with 50 hits in a month (Rodriguez, 54 hits in Aug. ’96).

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