Johnny Damon Joins Elite Company

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon has joined elite company after hitting his 500th career double.

With an opposite-field bloop double to left in the first inning of Saturday night’s game against Florida, Damon became just the 11th player all-time to have 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 homers, and 2,500 hits.

All of the other players accomplishing the feat — George Brett, Lou Gehrig, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons and Robin Yount — are in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

  • Johnny V

    This is an amazing story that’s actually bigger than Jeter’s 3000th base hit… yet I just happen to stumble upon this article… its a real shame that the general media has not really highlighted this feat of history… Damon’s place into the Hall of Fame is a sure a thing if he is statistically on the same level of the those other great players…. As a Yankee fan who hated him up to October 2009 (for being a Red Sox who killed the Yankees) …. I want to congratulate him on a huge accomplishment! And also for having just put himself into the Hall.

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