No player in big-league history had ever had five seasons in which he collected at least 220 hits until Ichiro did it with that single.
Two players - Rogers Hornsby and Jesse Burkett, who made his run in the late 1890's - had at least 220 hits in a year four times.
Seven others - Bill Terry, Chuck Klein, George Sisler, Joe Medwick, Lloyd Waner, Stan Musial and Ty Cobb - had done it in three different seasons.
Why the long list of names? Each of those players is in the Hall of Fame.
Ichiro will join them in due time.