Sport: The Premier Pilferer

Until Maury Wills started stealing bases by the bushel for the 1962 Dodgers, everyone in baseball thought Ty Cobb's modern record of 96 thefts in a single season was untouchable. Now anyone who assumes that Wills' mark of 104 is beyond reach must count again. Last week, not quite halfway through the season, St. Louis Cardinal Leftfielder Lou Brock stole his 50th base, putting him 28 games ahead of Wills' 1962 pace. As if that were not enough, Brock has collected those steals in only 56 attempts, for an astonishing success rate of 89%....

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