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HumnHilghtFreel
05-02-2007, 02:32 PM
I was just perusing box scores and noticed that Bill Hall stole home in the Brewers' game today.

How common, or uncommon is that these days? I know I've never actually seen it.

Degenerate39
05-02-2007, 02:33 PM
Willie Mays Hayes could do it.

redsupport
05-02-2007, 02:43 PM
chico ruiz was the best

Chip R
05-02-2007, 02:51 PM
I was just perusing box scores and noticed that Bill Hall stole home in the Brewers' game today.

How common, or uncommon is that these days? I know I've never actually seen it.


It's never been common. Ty Cobb did it about 25 times in his career. Rod Carew did it about 15, most of which while Billy Martin was mangaging the Twins. A lot are done with a double steal. I remember a few years ago Corky Miller was on 3rd for the Reds and another runner was on 1st and the pitcher threw over to 1st and when he did that, Corky stole home. I think he said he couldn't have done it with a lefty 1st baseman since when the RH 1st baseman caught the ball and tried to tag the runner coming back to 1st he turned his body away from the plate.

It's an exciting play but pretty risky, especially if it's a straight steal. Plus pitchers hold runners at 3rd more than they used to.

minus5
05-02-2007, 03:20 PM
I was at a game when Deion Sanders stole home. He jumped over the catcher. Great play.

Chip R
05-02-2007, 03:23 PM
I was at a game when Deion Sanders stole home. He jumped over the catcher. Great play.


How did he get on base? Pinch runner? ;)

Roy Tucker
05-02-2007, 03:32 PM
Jeff Branson stole home in Game 2 of the 1995 NLCS.

Sea Ray
05-02-2007, 04:00 PM
Jackie Robinson was one of the best at it. Seems to me the hardest part is the mental aspect of avoiding the (usual) RH hitter in the batter's box. What if he takes a big cut?

minus5
05-02-2007, 04:02 PM
How did he get on base? Pinch runner? ;)

Yeah, he was fun to watch on base but getting there..........that's another story.

Chip R
05-02-2007, 04:11 PM
Yeah, he was fun to watch on base but getting there..........that's another story.


And you know his story. ;)

AmarilloRed
05-03-2007, 01:17 AM
I believe Pete Rose did it a number of times in his career.

Caveman Techie
05-03-2007, 02:03 PM
I was at a game when Michael Tucker did it. I believe it was in 2000 against the Dodgers, and Tucker had just stolen second, and third base. I was sitting right behind the visitors dugout (friends season tickets). And I yelled out to Tucker "HELL JUST STEAL HOME TOO!!". The next batter walked and the pitcher kept making throws over to first to hold the runner on when Tucker took off on one of the pick off throws to first. It was a beautiful thing to have seen.

I like to think that in my drunken state I gave him the idea. :)

klw
05-03-2007, 02:54 PM
Here's piece on the lost art of stealing home from Baseball Digest a few years back.

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCI/is_8_61/ai_88575170

TOBTTReds
05-03-2007, 03:16 PM
I was just perusing box scores and noticed that Bill Hall stole home in the Brewers' game today.



Only stole on a technicality. Corey Hart got caught leaning and the pitcher attempted a pick off and Hart ran towards 2nd. He got tagged out, but somehow the ump missed it and Hall ran home as Eckstein was jogging off the field thinking they got the 3rd out.