BRONX, N.Y. — On this day in 2004, New York Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams reached a significant milestone. At Yankee Stadium, No. 51 collected career-hit No. 2,000.
Facing the Colorado Rockies and Jason Jennings, Williams, batting lefty, roped a single down the rightfield line for the base knock. It was the third hit of the day for Bernie Baseball. After becoming the seventh player to reach the mark in franchise history, Williams was given a standing ovation from the Yankee Stadium crowd.
Williams finished with 2,336 in his Yankee and major league career.
Following his final season in 2006, Williams had ranked fourth all-time in club history in hits. After Derek Jeter shot up to the top of the list, Williams now ranks fifth all-time in franchise history in hits. Only Jeter, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Mickey Mantle have more hits in team history than Williams. Not too shabby.