After going 2-for-2 at the plate in his 14th and final All-Star Game appearance, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees became the oldest player ever to record multiple hits in the Midsummer Classic, per MLB Stat of the Day.
At 40 years old, Jeter surpassed the mark set by the Boston Red Sox's Carl Yastrzemski, who collected two singles in the 1979 contest at the age of 39.
The Yankee captain led off the bottom of the first inning with a line-drive double off Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, which represented Jeter's first extra-base hit in the All-Star Game since he homered during the 2001 contest. Jeter then proceeded to set the milestone in the third frame with a single to right field off the Cincinnati Reds' Alfredo Simon.
In addition to being the oldest player to log multiple hits, Jeter became just the third player 40 or older to lead off the game for their squad, joining the company of Willie Mays (1971) and Pete Rose (1981), according to MLB.com.
The multi-hit game also bumped Jeter's All-Star Game batting average to .481 (13-for-27), which is the second-highest career average for players with a minimum of 25 plate appearances. Only Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers has posted a better mark in the Midsummer Classic, batting .500 (10-for-20) over six straight appearances from 1933 to 1938.
Over 14 career All-Star Game selections, Jeter has racked up 13 total hits, leaving him tied for fifth on the all-time list. Overall, Willie Mays paces the club with 23 total base knocks due in large part to six multi-hit outings. Stan Musial's 20 hits are good for second on the list, and he's followed by Ted Williams and Nellie Fox, both of whom have collected 14 hits in such contests, per MLB.com.
Meanwhile, five other players match Jeter's 13 total All-Star Game hits, but The Captain's 29 plate appearances are the fewest among the entire group.
The Yankees' all-time hits leader continues to excel on the biggest stages, and Tuesday's Midsummer Classic once again proved to be no exception.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.
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