1973: Ichiro born on Oct. 22, in Toyoyama, Aichi prefecture.
1976: By age of 3, Ichiro already has his first baseball glove.
1991: Finishes Aiko-Dai high school in 1991 and is drafted by the Orix BlueWave.
1992: Makes debut for Orix BlueWave, hitting .253 in 40 games, but spending most of the time in minors. He has 95 plate appearances with 24 hits, five doubles and no home runs.
1994: Orix BlueWave changes managers and Ichiro makes huge debut. In 130 games (the Japanese maximum) he hits .385 with 210 hits, 41 doubles, 13 HR's 300 total bases, and 29 stolen bases. His .385 mark wins the Japanese batting title (his first of seven consecutive titles) and his 210 hits is a record still today. Ichiro is named MVP.
1995: Leads league in several categories again. Some of the records: 104 runs, 179 hits, 285 total bases and led outfielders with 14 assists and five double plays. Wins batting title with a .342 average, is RBI leader and again is named MVP.
1996: Wins batting title (.356), third gold glove and named MVP.
April 16 June 25, 1997: Establishes record of 216 consecutive at bats without striking out.
1997: Ichiro has 185 hits, scores 95 runs, hits a Japanese career-high 91 RBI, all while hitting . 345.
1998: Hits .358 with 71 RBI and 181 hits. Wins batting title and gold glove for fifth straight time.
1999: Among his usual offensive accolades, Ichiro also sports a 1.000 fielding percentage.
2000: Sets single-season PCL batting average record with .387, while knocking in 73 RBI.
April 2, 2001: Makes major league debut with Mariners, going three-for-five.
April 22-May 18, 2001: Ichiro compiles 23-game hitting streak, also named rookie of the month for April.
May 2001: Wins rookie of the month again.
July 2001: Voted to All-Star game with record 3,373,035 votes. Just the sixth rookie ever to start an All-Star game. He goes 1-for-3 in the game with a single coming off Randy Johnson in the first.
Aug. 28,2001: Collects 200th hit, matching Darin Erstad (2000) as fastest player to reach 200 hits since 1935.
Aug. 2001: Leads league with 51 hits in a month and wins rookie of the month.
Sept. 2001: Wins rookie of the month.
2001 season results: Wins AL batting title with .350 average, leads league in stolen bases with 56 and is named AL MVP.
2002 season results: Ichiro completes the season with 208 hits, 111 runs, 27 doubles and a .321 average, and stole 31 bases. He led the M's in average and was second overall in the majors in hits.
2003 season results: Ichiro finishes the season with 212 hits, 111 runs scored, and knocking in a career-high 13 home runs. Led majors with 66 multi-hit games.
2004 season results: Sets Major League single-season hits record with 262, surpassing George Sisler's 257 set in 1920. Leads Majors with .372 average, winning second batting title. Ichiro also set a club record with 80 multi-hit games, again leading the Majors. Also stole 36 bases and scored 101 runs.