Tuesday, 15th September 2009
Suzuki breaks Major League Baseball record
Japanese baseball star Ichiro Suzuki has broken one of the longest held records in Major League Baseball.
After taking to the baseball pitch in a game against the Texas Rangers, 35-year-old Suzuki hit a single run to become the first man to get 200 hits for nine seasons in a row.
Previously, baseball player Willie Keeler held the record, at eight consecutive seasons of 200 hits.
This record was set 108 years ago, back in 1901.
Photos published by the Associated Press show proud Japanese sports fans reading special editions of newspapers celebrating the record breaking display.
The source reported that local newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun said: "It's hard to find the words to describe what he has accomplished."
On breaking the record, the player got a standing ovation from the crowd in the stadium.
Suzuki currently plays for the Seattle Mariners as an outfielder and is nicknamed Hercules by other players on the team.
Written by Kimberley Homer.