Stolen Bases Records

Major League Baseball Records for Stolen Bases

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a record book full of baseball milestones for stolen bases — including career stolen base marks, single season stolen base plateaus and game related stolen bases records.

"A good base stealer should make the whole infield jumpy." - Joe Morgan in The Gainesville Times (Jonathan Zopf, 04/18/2010, 'Big Red running toward a title')
Stolen Base Records

Career Stolen Base Records

Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Highest Percentage
In A Career
(300 Minimum Attempts)

AL

Willie Wilson

Kansas City

.833

Oakland

NL

Tim Raines

Montreal

.857

Florida
ML Carlos Beltran Kansas City .864
Houston
New York [NL]
San Francisco
St. Louis
New York [AL]
Texas

Houston

Most Stolen Bases
In A Career
( Top 1,000 )

AL

Rickey Henderson

Oakland

867

1,270

New York

326

Toronto

22

Anaheim

16

Seattle

31

Boston

8

NL

Lou Brock

Chicago

50

938

St. Louis

888

ML

Rickey Henderson

Oakland [AL]

867

1,406

New York [AL]

326

Toronto [AL]

22

Anaheim [AL]

16

Seattle [AL]

31

San Diego [NL]

91

New York [NL]

42

Boston [AL]

8

Los Angeles [NL]

3

Most Consecutive Steals
In A Career
Without 1 Caught Stealing

AL

Ichiro Suzuki

Seattle (#1)

45

04-29-2006

Seattle (#45)

05-16-2007
NL

Vince Coleman

St. Louis (#1)

50

09-18-1988

St. Louis (#50)

07-26-1989
Worst Percentage
In A Career
(200 Minimum Attempts)
AL Lou Gehrig New York .502
NL Pete Rose Cincinnati .571
Philadelphia
Montreal
Cincinnati
Stolen Base Records

Single Season Stolen Base Records

Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Fewest Stolen Bases
By The League Leader

AL

Dom DiMaggio

Boston

15

1950
NL

Stan Hack

Chicago

16

1938

Most Stolen Bases
In A Season
( Top 500 )

AA

Hugh Nicol

Cincinnati

138

1887
AL

Rickey Henderson

Oakland

130

1982
NL

Lou Brock

St. Louis

118

1974

Most Stolen Bases
In A Season
By A Rookie

AL

Kenny Lofton

Cleveland

66

1992
NL

Vince Coleman

St. Louis

110

1985

Most Stolen Bases
In A Season
Without 1 Caught Stealing
(EVERY Player with 20+ listed)

AL Alcides Escobar Kansas City 22 2013
Quintin Berry Detroit 21 2012

Paul Molitor

Toronto

20

1994

NL

Chase Utley

Philadelphia

23

2009

Kevin McReynolds

New York

21

1988

Most Seasons
Leading The League
( Year-by-Year Leaders )

AL

Rickey Henderson

Oakland

12

1980

Oakland

1981

Oakland

1982

Oakland

1983

Oakland

1984

New York

1985

New York

1986

New York

1988

Oakland

1989

Oakland

1990

Oakland

1991

Oakland

1998
NL

Max Carey

Pittsburgh

10

1913

Pittsburgh

1915

Pittsburgh

1916

Pittsburgh

1917

Pittsburgh

1918

Pittsburgh

1920

Pittsburgh

1922

Pittsburgh

1923

Pittsburgh

1924

Pittsburgh

1925

Most Seasons
Leading The League
Consecutively
( Year-by-Year Leaders )

AL

Luis Aparicio

Chicago

9

1956

Chicago

1957

Chicago

1958

Chicago

1959

Chicago

1960

Chicago

1961

Chicago

1962

Baltimore

1963

Baltimore

1964
NL

Vince Coleman

St. Louis

6

1985

St. Louis

1986

St. Louis

1987

St. Louis

1988

St. Louis

1989

St. Louis

1990

Maury Wills

Los Angeles

1960

Los Angeles

1961

Los Angeles

1962

Los Angeles

1963

Los Angeles

1964

Los Angeles

1965
Stolen Base Records

Game Specific Stolen Base Records

Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Most Stolen Bases
In A Game (5 or More Steals)

[ Bold =Record Holders]

NL

George Gore

Chicago

7

06-25-1881
NL

Billy Hamilton

Philadelphia

7

08-31-1894
AL

Eddie Collins

Philadelphia

6

09-11-1912
AL

Eddie Collins

Philadelphia

6

09-22-1912
AL

Carl Crawford

Tampa Bay

6

05-03-2009

NL

Otis Nixon

Atlanta

6

06-16-1991

NL

Eric Young

Colorado

6

06-30-1996

NL

Dan McGann

New York

5

05-27-1904

AL

Clyde Milan

Washington

5

06-14-1912

FL Vin Campbell Indianapolis 5 08-16-1914

AL

Johnny Neun

Detroit

5

07-09-1927

AL

Amos Otis

Kansas City

5

09-07-1971

NL

Davey Lopes

Los Angeles

5

08-24-1974

AL

Bert Campaneris

Oakland

5

05-24-1976

NL

Lonnie Smith

St. Louis

5

09-04-1982

NL

Alan Wiggins

San Diego

5

05-17-1984

NL

Tony Gwynn

San Diego

5

09-20-1986

AL

Rickey Henderson

Oakland

5

07-29-1989

AL

Alex Cole

Cleveland

5

08-01-1990

AL

Alex Cole

Cleveland

5

05-03-1992

NL

Damian Jackson

San Diego

5

06-28-1999

NL Eric Young Chicago

5

05-14-2000

AL

Kenny Lofton

Cleveland

5

09-03-2000

AL Scarborough Green Texas 5 09-28-2000

NL

Ryan Freel

Cincinnati

5

07-27-2005

NL Willy Taveras Colorado 5 06-14-2008
NL Dexter Fowler Colorado 5 04-27-2009
AL Jacoby Ellsbury Boston 5 05-30-2013

NL

Billy Hamilton

Cincinnati

5

06-14-2015
Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Stolen Bases Records



Did you know that Lou Brock (who had 12) and Rickey Henderson (who had 13) are the only two players in Major League history with at least twelve seasons with fifty or more stolen bases?

On the fact above, Lou Brock's twelve seasons were ALL consecutive compared to Rickey Henderson who "only" had seven of his twelve in order.

At the end of the 1983 season, Rickey Henderson had become the first and only player to have two back to back seasons (1982 & 1983) with more than one-hundred stolen bases. Four years later Vince Coleman broke that amazing record when he stole more than one-hundred bases for three consecutive seasons (1985, 1986 & 1987).

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