Paul Molitor played in the Majors for 21 years, starring for the Milwaukee Brewers between 1978 and 1992 before moving on to play for the Toronto Blue Jays (1993-95) and Minnesota Twins (1996-98). Known for his exceptional hitting and speed, Molitor was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility, becoming one of the first players who spent a significant portion of his career as a designated hitter to be enshrined.
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10 random facts about Paul Molitor:
- Molitor started his career as a shortstop, and he would subsequently go on to play second base, third base, and designated hitter (a position he would spend almost half of his games playing).
- He had five hits in Game 1 of the 1982 World Series, establishing a World Series record.
- In 1987, he had a 39-game hitting streak, which still stands as the fifth longest in Major League history.
- He was named the 1993 World Series MVP, as he batted .500 in helping the Blue Jays win their second consecutive championship.
- In 1994, a strike-shortened season, Molitor led the AL in games played (115) and singles (107).
- He stole 20 bases during the 1994 season without ever being caught, one short of Kevin McReynolds' 1988 Major League record of 21.
- Molitor is the only player in Major League history to collect a triple as his 3,000th hit.
- In 1996, Molitor became the second 40-year-old (fellow Hall of Famer Sam Rice is the other) to have a 200-hit season, leading the league with 225.
- His 3,319 hits rank him ninth all-time.
- Molitor is one of four players in Major League history with at least 3,000 hits, a .300 lifetime batting average, and 500 stolen bases. The other three are Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Eddie Collins, none of whom played the game beyond 1930.