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Brock still has wheels, sets MLB career steals mark
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 29, 1977

At 38, Lou Brock isn't so fast as he used to be. But his wheels still are working quickly enough. The St. Louis Cardinals left-fielder runs past Ty Cobb and into the record book with two steals against the San Diego Padres.

He leads off the game in San Diego with a walk and then, with a great jump, he steals second, tying Cobb's career record of 892. In the seventh inning of the Cardinals' 4-3 loss, he reaches first on a forceout. The crowd chants, "Lou! Lou! Lou!" Brock responds by making history, again stealing second off the battery of pitcher Dave Freisleben and catcher Dave Roberts.

His teammates rush to mob him. Repeating the first-inning ceremony, the bag at second is unhitched and presented to Brock. "It has not been an easy thing, but the moment is here," he says. Then he grins and says, "Looking back on it, I did it my way."

Brock's 893 steals come in 2,376 games over 17 seasons. Cobb stole his 892 in 3,034 games over 24 years.

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