Saturday afternoon, New York Yankee great Derek Jeter became the 28th member of baseball's 3,000 hit club.
In his second at-bat he hit a home run that cleared the left-center fence, making him the first player in pinstripes to join one of the game's most exclusive clubs.
It is hard to believe that the most successful club in the history of the game and one of the most recognized sports brands in the world would have to wait 150 years for its first 3,000 hit member. Even the San Diego Padres can claim two players on that list (Tony Gwynn in 1999 and Ricky Henderson in 2001).
But facts like that are what make this milestone one of the greatest personal achievements in all of sports.
The 28 names on the list are all great players in their own right. However, the number is not the distinction that separates hitting legends from the rest.
This is a list of the top 10 hitters of all-time who never reached 3,000, but nonetheless remain some of the greatest batters in the history of the game.