This Day In Sports History (September 10th) — Lou Brock

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 It was on this day in 1974 that Lou Brock stole his 105th base of the season to establish a new Major League record.  Brock broke the mark set by Maury Wills in 1962.

Lou Brock was known throughout baseball as the best base runner and base stealer of his era.  He led the National League in stolen bases eight times in a nine-year span from 1966 to 1974.  He also led the league in runs scored in 1967 and 1971, as he was the ultimate rally starter.  Brock ended the 1974 season with 118 stolen bases and at the end of his career he had 938, both Major League records.

In 1979, Rickey Henderson made his Major League debut and it did not take him long to break both of Brock`s records.  In just his fourth season, Henderson stole 130 bases to set a new record, one which still stands to this day.  And in 1991, he would swipe his 939th career base to push Brock to number two on the all-time list.

Here is an interview with Lou Brock.

Notable Birthdays

Joe Nieuwendyk, NHL – Born September 10th 1966 (age 47) in Oshawa, Ontario

Ben Wallace, NBA – Born September 10th 1974 (age 39) in White Hall, Alabama

Jordan Staal, NHL – Born September 10th 1988 (age 25) in Thunder Bay, Ontario

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