Anniversary of Lou Brock Surpassing Ty Cobb For All-Time Stolen Base Record

Take a listen to the call by Jack Buck on KMOX in 1977.

August 29, 2018 - 10:49 am

The modern-era MLB stolen base record set by Ty Cobb in 1928 stood for nearly 50 years – until Lou Brock broke it on August 29, 1977 in San Diego. 

The St. Louis Cardinals great and Baseball Hall of Famer swiped bag No. 893 of his career at the age of 38. The cleats he was wearing now sit in Cooperstown.  

Years later, Cobb's career stolen base total was upped to 897 after more advanced box score research. But he still couldn't touch the 938 stolen bases that Brock finished his career with. Rickey Henderson beat his record 14 years later (1,406 steals), but Brock remains in second place. The next closest active player is Jose Reyes with 517 career steals. 

You can listen to the call of the steal by Jack Buck on KMOX, in the video above. 

Brock played 16 seaons with the Cardinals, leading the NL in steals eight times and won World Series titles with St. Louis in 1964 and 1967. 

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