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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Musial breaks Cobb's record for total bases
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
June 22, 1962
With two hits in the same inning, Stan Musial cracks another major career record, passing Ty Cobb for most total bases. The 41-year-old St. Louis Cardinal cleanup hitter ties Cobb's record of 5,863 with a home run in the second inning in Philadelphia. Later in the six-run inning, The Man delivers a two-run single off Dallas Green for the record breaker.
Musial has another single in the first game of the doubleheader and gets another single in the nightcap. He has 5,866 total bases -- 452 homers, 174 triples, 701 doubles and 2,134 singles.
"For some reason I never paid much attention to that record," Musial says. "But my friends tell me it will eventually be the one I will prize the most."
This is Musial's 21st year in the majors. Cobb set his record in 24 years with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics.
Musial will finish his career in 1963 with 6,134 total bases, and at the end of the 20th century it will stand as the second highest in history, trailing only Hank Aaron's 6,856.
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