One of the most exciting aspects of baseball is the stolen base. This daring move requires speed, agility, and a keen understanding of the game. But who holds the record for the most stolen bases in a single season? Let's delve into the annals of baseball history to find out.
The All-Time Record Holder
The all-time record for stolen bases in a single season belongs to Hugh Nicol, who stole an astounding 138 bases in 1887 while playing for the Cincinnati Red Stockings. This record has stood for over a century, a testament to Nicol's exceptional skill and daring on the base paths.
The Modern Era Record
While Nicol's record is impressive, it's worth noting that it was set during the early days of professional baseball. In the modern era (post-1900), the record for stolen bases in a season is held by Rickey Henderson. In 1982, Henderson stole 130 bases while playing for the Oakland Athletics, setting a new modern mark that still stands today.
Several other players have made their mark in the stolen base category. Ty Cobb set a single-season record of 96 stolen bases in 1915, a record that lasted until Maury Wills broke it with 104 in 1962. Lou Brock then set a new record with 118 stolen bases in 1974.
The 21st Century Standout
In recent years, the art of stealing bases has seen a decline. However, some players have still managed to rack up impressive numbers. The best effort in the 21st century belongs to Jose Reyes, who stole 78 bases during the 2007 season.
It's not just individual players who have made their mark in this area. Teams have also set records for stolen bases. The 1911 New York Giants hold the record for the most stolen bases in a season since 1901, with a total of 347. The 1976 Oakland A's are a close second with 341 stolen bases.