Former Wareham Gatemen All-Star and CCBL MVP Matt Murton (Georga Tech) broke the single season hit record in Japanese Professional Baseball with hit #211 against the Yakult Swallows. The previous record was held by current MLB Star Ichiro Suzuki, who set the record in 1994.
Murton played for the Gatemen in 2001 and 2002, helping Wareham win back-to-back CCBL championships and he was named MVP of the league in 2001. Both he and Gatemen teammate David Murphy (Baylor) were first round draft picks of the Boston Red Sox in 2003. Murton was eventually traded to the Chicago Cubs as part of the infamous “Nomar Garciapara” trade in 2004 and went on to play for the Cubs, Oakland A’s and Colorado Rockies before deciding to play in Japan.
Playing for the Hanshin Tigers, Matt finished the season with 214 hits, a .349 batting average, 17 home runs and 91 rbi.