By Manny Randhawa/for Sports on Earth

DENVER — For the 30th time in the 141-year history of Major League Baseball, a player has collected 3,000 hits. But the newest member of the exclusive club is unique in a way that transcends the game.

On April 2, 2001, Ichiro Suzuki made his Major League debut at the age of 27 years, 162 days after playing nine seasons in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball organization. On Sunday at Coors Field, in his 2,452nd career game — at the age of 42 years, 290 days — Ichiro became the first player who began his career in a foreign league to reach the 3,000-hit milestone.

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