This Day in Sports: Rickey Henderson Steals a Record


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The gold foil bases are the best ones to steal - because sometimes, there's chocolate under the wrapper.

August 27, 1982: Rickey Henderson, the Oakland A's left-fielder and future self-declared "Greatest of All-Time," becomes baseball's all-time single-season record-holder for steals. In doing so, he surpasses the mark of 118 set by Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974.

In the third inning against the Brewers in front of 41,600 fans in Milwaukee, Henderson drew a walk from pitcher Doc Medich. Medich threw to first base four times to try to hold the 23-year-old speedster on the bag, but Henderson successfully steals second - despite a pitch-out.

The crowd inside Milwaukee County Stadium gave Henderson a brief standing ovation as Brock is on hand for a brief ceremony to present the second base bag as an award. Almost immediately, the base is handed to Henderson's mother who is seated in the stands near the A's dugout and the game resumes.

Of course, Henderson gets right back to work as well. Henderson, who will one day have his name atop the career stolen bases record book with 1,406 steals, picks up three more on this day before the Brewers close things out with a 5-4 win. Henderson finished the 1982 season with 130 steals - one of his many records that may never be broken.