The following chart is organized by the number of plate appearances at the time of each player's 1000th hit.
Note: this is not a list of the "15 quickest" players to get to 1000 hits. I pulled from contemporaries (Jeter, Cano, Pedroia) as well as some of the game's greatest hitters. Want to see how someone else stacks up? I suggest you go to Baseball-Reference dot com.
At 26 years, 102 days old, Altuve is the 9th-youngest player in MLB history to reach 1000 hits, behind Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Alex Rodriguez, Robin Yount, Hank Aaron, Tris Speaker, George Brett, and Derek Jeter.
He's the fastest Astro to ever reach 1000 hits, 114 games quicker than Cesar Cedeno.
Referencing the list above, he reached 1000 hits in fewer plate appearances than all but Musial, Aaron, and Cano. Ichiro is the only current active player to reach 1000 hits quicker than Altuve.
Per https://t.co/s6oDVxrgF5, here’s a look at all of Altuve’s 1,000 hits. #Astros pic.twitter.com/EKEeBHbQ2j— Jordan Ray (@JordanLRay) August 17, 2016