Jeter Ties Gehrig for Yankees Hit Record

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2009 9:20 PM CDT
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter bunts for a base hit during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Yankee Stadium in New York.    (Bill Kostroun)
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(Newser) – Derek Jeter and Lou Gehrig are tied at the top. Jeter matched the New York Yankees record for hits with a seventh-inning single tonight against Tampa Bay. Jeter's third hit of the game gave him 2,721 in a Yankees uniform, tying a mark held by Gehrig for more than 70 years.

Jeter had a chance to break the record in the eighth inning, but he walked against reliever Grant Balfour. Already on their feet in anticipation, fans at Yankee Stadium let loose with a roar when Jeter's sharp grounder inside the first-base line got by a diving Chris Richard in the seventh. Jeter entered the game in an 0-for-12 slump, his longest hitless stretch this season. Gehrig's final hit came on April 29, 1939, a single against the Washington Senators. The Iron Horse had held the club record for hits since Sept. 6, 1937, when he passed Babe Ruth.