Who Has The Most Stolen Bases In MLB History?

Who Has The Most Stolen Bases In MLB History? Photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Players With The Most Stolen Bases In Baseball History

MLB Stats and Records

Stealing bases is an art that not a lot of players can master, and it puts your team in a much better situation when able to gain an extra 90 feet. Seven of the top-10 players on the MLB all-time stolen base list are in the Hall of Fame. Get Free MLB Picks and MLB Predictions all season long for every game at Sports Chat Place

Here are the 10 players with the most stolen bases in MLB history.

1. Rickey Henderson, 1,406 - Rickey Henderson is head and shoulders the best base stealer in baseball history, as he led the league in stolen bases 12 times and holds the single season record with 130 stolen bases in 1982. From 1980 to 1983, Henderson stole 394 bases. With 80 or more stolen bases in six different seasons, we’ll probably never see a player like Henderson again.

2. Lou Brock, 938 - Lou Brock had 51 or more stolen bases in 12 different seasons and had the all-time record and single season record with 118 set back in 1974 before Henderson took the crown. Brock is comfortably the St. Louis Cardinals all-time base stealer with 888.

3. Billy Hamilton, 914 - Billy Hamilton stole 100-plus bases four times in his career and actually averaged 108 SB from 1889 to 1891. Hamilton holds the Philadelphia Phillies franchise record with 510 stolen bases.

4. Ty Cobb, 897 - Ty Cobb stole 51 or more bases nine times in his career and led the league in stolen bases six different seasons. Cobb had single-digit stolen bases just five seasons out of his 24-year career. Cobb holds the Detroit Tigers franchise record with 869 stolen bases.

5. Tim Raines, 808 - Tim Raines stole 71 bases in his first real season, and he produced a combined 314 stolen bases from 1981 to 1984. Raines led MLB in stolen bases twice in his career and holds the Montreal Expos franchise record with 635 stolen bases

6. Vince Coleman, 752 - Vince Coleman stole 110 bases as a rookie in 1985, which is a record that stands today and will probably never be broken. Coleman stole 549 bases through his first six seasons and holds the MLB record with 50 consecutive stolen bases without getting caught.

7. Arlie Latham, 742 - Arlie Latham is credited with this number, but who knows what the actual number is considering stolen bases were defined differently before 1989. Either way, Latham stole 238 bases from 1887 and 1888 and topped 50 stolen bases nine times in his career. 

8. Eddie Collins, 741 - Eddie Collins led the American League in stolen bases four times in his career and had double-digit stolen bases in 18 of his 25 seasons. When he retired, Collins was second all-time in career stolen bases.

9. Max Carey, 738 - Max Carey led the league in stolen bases eight times in his career and topped 50 stolen bases six times in his career. Carey holds the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise record with 688 stolen bases. 

10. Honus Wagner, 723 - Honus Wagner led the National League in stolen bases five times and had at least 20 stolen bases in 19 of his 21 seasons. Wagner had 277 stolen bases from 1904 to 1908, and he stole home 27 times for his career.


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