Plate Appearances - 9,666 (109) - Passed <Lou Gehrig> at 9,665.
Singles - 1,635 (141) - Passed <Pee Wee Reese> and KID GLEASON at 1,634.
Veteran Kid Gleason was the second baseman on the inaugural 1901 Tiger team, and also played on the 1902 team. The first use of the intentional walk has been attributed to a younger Gleason, when he was the Team Captain for the NY Giants. Down 9-6 to Chicago, he convinced his pitcher to walk a well-regarded batter to let in the run, expecting his pitcher to get the next weaker batter. Which he did. Unfortunately, he was also the manager for the 1919 Black Sox, a team that he led to a record of 88-52 and that he claimed had "no weaknesses." Unfortunately, they did. And Gleason, a fine manager who had no part in the scandal, was tarred with the mark on his team. John McGraw, a Giant teammate, claimed that Gleason "was, without doubt, the gamest and most spirited ball player I ever saw and that doesn’t except Ty Cobb. He was a great influence for good on any ball club, making up for his lack of stature, by his spirit and fight. He could lick his weight in wildcats and would prove it at the drop of a hat.”