Lee Jung-hoo Breaks Father's Record for Fewest Games to Achieve 1,000 Hits

      July 29, 2022 10:54

      Lee Jung-hoo of the Kiwoom Heroes bats in a game against the KT Wiz in Suwon on Thursday.

      Kiwoom Heroes' outfielder Lee Jung-hoo on Thursday reached 1,000 hits in a record 747 games.

      At the age of 23, 11 months and eight days, he is the youngest player to reach the milestone, becoming the 112th player to do so.

      Lee's 1,000th hit came in an away game against the KT Wiz in Suwon, a day after he hit his 16th home run, setting a career high for homers in a single season.

      The outfielder broke the record held by Lee Jong-beom, his father and one of the best all-round players of the 1990s, who reached the milestone in 779 games, and another held by Lee Seung-yeop, a former slugger of the Samsung Lions, who set the record at the age of 25 years, eight months and nine days.

      Lee has been in the spotlight shortly after making his professional debut in 2017. Since then, he has been a regular fixture in starting rotations, collecting over 160 hits every year for the last five seasons and already racking up 110 hits so far this season.

      The Heroes, however, lost Thursday's game 8-2, despite Lee's outstanding performance, which included another hit in the top of the sixth inning.

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