Not getting caught just as important
Originally Published: January 21, 2005By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
Most people, when asked who was the better basestealer, Maury Wills or Ozzie Smith, would choose Wills. Or at least most people born before 1950. But Wills and Smith stole virtually the same number of bases (586 for Wills, 580 for Smith), while Ozzie was thrown out significantly fewer times (148 for Smith, 208 for Wills). We're often told how many bases are stolen, but we're rarely told how many bases were not stolen. Here are the five most prolific basestealers in major league history:
Former Expos burner Tim Raines is fifth on the all-time list.
SB CS Pct Ri. Henderson 1406 335 80.7 Lou Brock 938 307 75.3 Billy Hamilton 912 ??? Ty Cobb 892 ??? Tim Raines 808 146 84.7Not many would consider Tim Raines in Lou Brock's class . . . but, based on the bases they stole and those they didn't, one could argue that it's Brock who wasn't in Raines' class.