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Pair of singles gives Ichiro hits record

October 2, 2004

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— No. 258 for Ichiro Suzuki was like so many others, a little ground ball up the middle.

Only this one made history, a hit cheered 'round the world.

Suzuki set the major-league record for hits in a season Friday night, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old mark with a pair of singles.

The Seattle standout chopped a leadoff single in the first inning, then put himself in the record book with a bouncer in the third.

Fireworks exploded after Suzuki's big hit reached the outfield, creating a haze over Safeco Field, and his teammates mobbed him at first base.

With the fans still cheering, Suzuki ran over to the first-base seats and shook hands with Sisler's 81-year-old daughter, Frances Sisler Drochelman, and other members of the Hall of Famer's family.

"My father would have been delighted," Drochelman said. "He would be so happy to know such a fine young man was doing so well."

Sisler set the mark in 1920 with the St. Louis Browns over a 154-game schedule. Suzuki broke it in the Mariners' 160th game of the year -- for good measure, he added hit No. 259 in the sixth, an infield single.

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