Yastrzemski has joined Willie Mays, Henry Aaron and Stan Musial as the only
players to have 3,000 hits and 400 home runs. He has the lowest lifetime
average (.288) of the four, but the painful grind to that final single was
typical of the traits that mark his greatness—simplicity and will.
The first hit had
come 7,036 days before, on April 11, 1961, against Ray Herbert of the Kansas
City A's. On that day Charles O. Finley was enjoying his first game as an
owner, and one of the present Red Sox owners, Haywood Sullivan, caught for
Boston. "I honestly don't remember it," said Yastrzemski. "But I'll
remember this, and all that went into it."