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3. Pete Rose's career hit total

4,256
HOW LONG IT'S STOOD:
20 years (1986)

CLOSEST CALL SINCE:
Paul Molitor got to 3,319 (937 away) before retiring in 1998.

When we measure the potential buzz around any record, it isn't always generated by the number itself. Sometimes, the X factor is just who holds the record.

Well, the guy who holds this record is the all-time human lightning rod. So if anyone ever does take a run at Rose, the story angles will be flying at you from every direction -- east, west, south and Mars.

"This would be a huge deal," Orel Hershiser says, "just because it's Pete. … You'd have everything about Pete being brought back up and tons of stories being brought back up. You'd have two lives dissected instead of one."

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