HOW LONG IT'S STOOD:
24 years (1982)
CLOSEST CALL SINCE:
110, by Vince Coleman in 1985.
With Rickey still out there doing his thing for the world-famous San Diego Surf Dawgs (of the independent Golden League), it doesn't seem as if this record has been around as long as it actually has.
And who'd have thought it would start feeling so unreachable before the man who set it even decided to stop playing?
But it's getting harder than ever to envision somebody making a charge at this, barring a major philosophical shift in how the game is played.
Since Henderson set this record, half that many steals would have been enough to lead one league or the other 24 times. And nobody has been within (gulp) 50 of breaking this thing since 1988. So if someone ever did challenge it, he'd be one of the most magnetic players ever, chasing a Hall of Famer and cult hero.
"I like this," Keith Law says, "because it's built around an exciting event, and another season-long chase. You want something that makes people get up in the morning or get to the office and say, 'Did Smith do X last night?' You want something that makes the mainstream newscasts."
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