Five Memorable Stolen Bases in Baseball History

Rickey Henderson steals 939

Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson entered the 1991 season with 936 steals, just two shy of Lou Brock’s total of 938 — the record for most stolen bases in a career. A calf strain in April placed Henderson on the disabled list, causing him to miss fourteen games. Henderson was activated off the DL on April 27 and would steal two bases the next day.

Three days after stealing bases 937 and 938, Henderson stood on first base after reaching on an error to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Henderson advanced to second on a single, then dove headfirst into third base and a place in history.

Lou Brock is the symbol of great base stealing,” Henderson told the crowd, “but today I’m the greatest of all time.”

Henderson certainly had the numbers to back up his claim. It took Henderson just over twelve seasons to reach 939 stolen bases; Brock needed nineteen to reach 938. Henderson would play a total of 25 seasons in his career, swiping 1,406 stolen bases in 3,081 games.

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