Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki donates 3,000-hit souvenirs to Hall of Fame

The president of the Baseball Hall of Fame was the grateful recipient Monday as Ichiro Suzuki handed over his gear — a jersey, a pair of cleats, his arm guard and batting gloves, all items he wore while becoming the 30th player to reach 3,000 hits.

When the exchange concluded, the two men bowed to each other, a fitting gesture to celebrate the bridge from Japan to Cooperstown.

Suzuki began building that bridge when he came to the major leagues as a 27-year-old rookie in 2001. Three-thousand hits later, he's a memorabilia-making machine.

The Suzuki collection at the Hall of Fame numbered more than two dozen items even before his triple Sunday at Colorado, which...