On September 12, 1979, Red Sox star Carl Yastrzemski got his 3,000th hit and became the first American league player to match that achievement alongside 400 career home runs.
Yastrzemski did not score, or get any runs batted in, but the Red Sox gave a 9-2 beating to their rivals, the New York Yankees.
The combo first baseman and leftfielder spent his entire 23 year career in Boston. He represented the team in 18 All-Star games and won the league’s Most Valuable Player award in 1967. His career included 3,419 hits and 452 home runs, but he was not only recognized for his abilities with a bat and running the bases. He also won the Gold Glove award for outstanding fielding abilities seven times.
The hard working team leader’s efforts were appreciated then, and are still remembered. The team recently announced an unveiling ceremony for his statue Sept. 22. The bronze statue was created by Toby Mendez who also sculpted “The Teammates.” The new statue is also a stone’s throw away from the great Ted Williams.
“I’m very pleased and very proud of my accomplishments, but I’m most proud of that (hitting four-hundred home runs and three-thousand hits). Not [Ted] Williams, not [Lou] Gehrig, not [Joe] DiMaggio did that. They were Cadillacs and I’m a Chevrolet.” -Carl Yastrzemki on his achievement of 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.