Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/24/13
On this day in 1979 the Oakland A’s played a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers.  Texas would sweep the days games behind strong pitching performances by John Henry Johnson and Doc Medich.  However that doubleheader had a significant moment in game 1.  Little did pitcher John Johnson and catcher Jim Sundberg know that the rookie leadoff man Rickey Henderson would steal his first of 1406 bases against them that game. Did you know that while on Oakland, Rickey once led the league in steals (66) and walks (118)?  That probably isn’t news however the weird thing it that it was his 4th stint with Oakland and he was 39 years old. The “man of steal” is first in stolen bases, and it is one of those records that you can see never being broken.  Guys don’t steal now like they used to.  Rickey’s 1406 is 468 more than the Lou Brock at 938.  To put that into perspective, his LEAD of 468 is more than Ichiro Suzuki’s total career steals (463).  For your knowledge the active leader is Juan Pierre at
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