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Wed Jan 29, 2020, 12:35 PM

Rick Suttcliffe Pitcher

Stole home in 1988.

Don't see that very often.

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Response to kairos12 (Original post)

Wed Jan 29, 2020, 01:11 PM

1. stealing home is less rare than i thought

ty cobb did it 54 times.

I've never seen it done in a major league game, and somehow I think someone has to screw up just short of an error for it to happen.

pitchers get fewer at bats than everyday players, and make it on base less often. American league pitchers don't have many at bats at all (in the dh era)

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Response to rampartc (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 29, 2020, 01:23 PM

2. Interesting Note. Thanks

Other note: Babe Ruth stole home more times than Ricky Henderson.

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Response to kairos12 (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 29, 2020, 02:00 PM

3. Babe Ruth had 123 total steals AND was a premiere pitcher at one time.

At Sutcliffe's size, did the catcher ever recover?

My favorite baseball anomaly is Rick Wise's no-hitter when he also parked 2 homers in that game.

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Response to rampartc (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 29, 2020, 02:10 PM

4. Rod Carew stole home seven times in 1969.

He and Cesar Tovar each stole home (and third) IN THE SAME INNING of a game against Detroit and Mickey Lolich that year.

The Sutcliffe steal is in the books, but it happened when the runner on first got into a rundown on a pickoff play, and the first baseman threw the ball away.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1988-07-30-8801190270-story.html.

Obviously that was a defensive screw-up, but steals of home usually happen when a left handed pitcher, who has his back to third, goes into a windup. The runner gets a walking lead, and starts to sprint when the pitcher begins the windup. It also helps if the batter is right handed shielding the catcher as in this famous steal by Jackie Robinson.



To be honest, I think Berra tagged him out, but . . .

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