Friday, September 4, 2009

1976 Topps #197 - NL Stolen Base Leaders

  • I love the stolen base. Games go on longer when speedsters get on base, but it's more exciting to me than to sit back and wait for the long ball.
  • Dave Lopes led the NL in stolen bases in 1975 and 1976. He was a great percentage base stealer--his lifetime success percentage was 83% and he stole 557 bases in his career.
  • Joe Morgan never led the league in stolen bases, but he stole 40 or more bases every year from 1969-1977. Morgan's lifetime success rate was 81% and he stole 689 bases in his career.
  • Lou Brock was the greatest base stealer of all time until Rickey Henderson came along. As evidenced on the back of this card, Brock led the NL in stolen bases every year except one from 1966-1974. He was second in 1964, 1965, and 1970. He also led the NL in caught stealing seven times. Brock had 938 career stolen bases and a lifetime 75% success rate.

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