Originally written November 14, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
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Rickey Henderson said it the only way Rickey would on the day he stole his 939th base, passing Lou Brock for first on the All-time list: “Today, I’m the greatest of all time.” Mind you, Lou Brock was standing right next to Henderson when he proclaimed that over the PA system, but that’s besides the point. That statement showed the amount of confidence that Rickey had in his baseball abilities. He was the only player that could turn a base on balls into a triple. When Henderson reached first base, everyone in the stadium knew he was stealing, he went anyways, and more often than not, was safe with a career stolen base percentage of 81%. The top-ten list for career stolen bases looks like this: Rickey Henderson: 1406 Lou Brock: 938 Billy Hamilton: 912 Ty Cobb: 892 Tim Raines: 808 Vince Coleman: 752 Eddie Collins: 745 Max Carey: 738 Honus Wagner: 722 Arlie Latham: 707 The gap between the top base stealer and the 10th best base stealer is quite appalling; the 699 difference is half of...
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