List of Major League Baseball career stolen bases leaders

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Rickey Henderson, the all-time leader in stolen bases, slides safely into third base.

A stolen base is a baseball statistic credited to a baserunner when he successfully advances to the next base while the pitcher is throwing the ball to home plate. Under Rule 7.01 of the Major League Baseball's (MLB) Official Rules, a runner acquires the right to an unoccupied base when he touches it before he is out.[1] Stolen bases were more common in baseball's dead-ball era, when teams relied more on stolen bases and hit and run plays than on home runs.[2]

Rickey Henderson currently holds the MLB career stolen base record with 1,406.[3] Following Henderson is Lou Brock with 938 stolen bases;[3] Billy Hamilton is third on the all-time steals listing. His number of career steals varies with different sources, but all sources hold his career steals placing him in third on the list before Ty Cobb (897), Tim Raines (808), Vince Coleman (752), Arlie Latham (742),[4] Eddie Collins (741), Max Carey (738), and Honus Wagner (723),[5] who are the only other players to have stolen at least 700 bases.[3] Coleman is the leader for retired players that are not members of the Hall of Fame.[3] Hugh Nicol is the leader for the most stolen bases in one season, with 138 stolen bases in 1887.[6]

Before Henderson surpassed Brock in 1991, Brock had held the record, with 938 stolen bases[6] from 1977 to 1991. Before Brock, Hamilton held the record for eighty-one years, from 1897 to 1977, with 914 stolen bases.[6] Before that, Latham held the record from 1887 to 1896. Latham was also the first player to collect 300 career stolen bases.[6] With Kenny Lofton's retirement in 2007, 2008 was the first season since 1967 in which no active player had more than 500 career stolen bases.[6] From 2008 until 2010, no active player had more than 500 stolen bases. Juan Pierre collected his 500th stolen base during the 2010 season. He was the leader in stolen bases for active players until his retirement at the end of the 2013 season.[6] Ichiro Suzuki currently holds the most stolen bases for active players (508).[3]

Key[edit]

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career stolen bases. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2017 SBs) Number of stolen bases during the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
SB Total career stolen bases.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List[edit]

Lou Brock held the stolen base record from 1977 to 1991 and is one of just three players with more than 900 career stolen bases
Lou Brock held the stolen base record from 1977 to 1991 and is one of just three players with more than 900 career stolen bases.
Sliding Billy Hamilton held the stolen base record for 80 years.
Sliding Billy Hamilton held the stolen base record for 80 years.
Arlie Latham was the stolen base record holder from 1887 to 1896.
Arlie Latham was the stolen base record holder from 1887 to 1896.
Juan Pierre batting with the White Sox on August 8, 2011
Juan Pierre won multiple stolen base titles and finished his career with 614 stolen bases.
  • Stats updated as of May 21, 2017.
Rank Player (2017 SBs) SB
1 Rickey Henderson * 1,406
2 Lou Brock * 938
3 Billy Hamilton * 914
4 Ty Cobb * 897
5 Tim Raines * 808
6 Vince Coleman 752
7 Arlie Latham 742
8 Eddie Collins * 741
9 Max Carey * 738
10 Honus Wagner * 723
11 Joe Morgan * 689
12 Willie Wilson 668
13 Tom Brown 657
14 Bert Campaneris 649
15 Kenny Lofton 622
16 Otis Nixon 620
17 George Davis * 616
18 Juan Pierre 614
19 Dummy Hoy 596
20 Maury Wills 586
21 George Van Haltren 583
22 Ozzie Smith * 580
23 Hugh Duffy * 574
24 Bid McPhee * 568
25 Brett Butler 558
26 Davey Lopes 557
27 Cesar Cedeño 550
28 Bill Dahlen 548
29 John Montgomery Ward * 540
30 Herman Long 537
31 Patsy Donovan 518
Jack Doyle 518
33 Barry Bonds 514
34 Fred Clarke * 509
Harry Stovey 509
36 Ichiro Suzuki (0) 508
37 Luis Aparicio * 506
38 Paul Molitor * 504
39 Willie Keeler * 495
Clyde Milan 495
41 José Reyes (5) 493
42 Omar Moreno 487
43 Carl Crawford 480
44 Roberto Alomar * 474
45 Mike Griffin 473
46 Jimmy Rollins (0) 470
47 Tommy McCarthy * 468
48 Jimmy Sheckard 465
Eric Young 465
50 Delino DeShields 463
Rank Player (2017 SBs) SB
51 Bobby Bonds 461
52 Ed Delahanty * 455
Ron LeFlore 455
54 Curt Welch 453
55 Steve Sax 444
56 Joe Kelley * 443
57 Sherry Magee 441
57 John McGraw * 436
Tris Speaker * 436
60 Marquis Grissom 429
61 Bob Bescher 428
Mike Tiernan 428
63 Frankie Frisch * 419
Jimmy Ryan 419
65 Charlie Comiskey * 416
66 Craig Biggio * 414
67 Johnny Damon 408
Tommy Harper 408
69 Chuck Knoblauch 407
70 Donie Bush 404
71 Omar Vizquel 404
72 Frank Chance * 403
73 Bobby Abreu 400
Bill Lange 400
75 Willie Davis 398
76 Sam Mertes 396
Juan Samuel 396
78 Dave Collins 395
79 Billy North 395
80 Jesse Burkett * 389
81 Tommy Corcoran 387
82 Tom Daly 385
Freddie Patek 385
84 George Burns 383
Hugh Nicol 383
Fred Pfeffer 383
Walt Wilmot 383
88 Nap Lajoie * 380
89 Barry Larkin * 379
90 Harry Hooper * 375
George Sisler * 375
92 Jack Glasscock 372
93 Luis Castillo 370
Rajai Davis (5) 370
Lonnie Smith 370
96 Tom Goodwin 369
97 Tommy Dowd 368
King Kelly * 368
99 Sam Crawford * 367
100 Hal Chase 363
Tony Womack 363

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Rules: 7.00 - The Runner". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Okrent, Daniel; Lewine, Harris (2000). The Ultimate Baseball Book, Expanded and Updated. Mariner Books. p. 33. ISBN 0-618-05668-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Career Leaders & Records for Stolen Bases". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ MLB Advanced Media. "Arlie Latham Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ MLB Advanced Media. "Honus Wagner Stats, Video Highlights, Photos, Bio". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Progressive Leaders & Records for Stolen Bases". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 

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