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All-Time National League Stolen Base Leaders By Team
Most baseball fans know that Lou Brock leads all National Leaguers in stolen bases. Brock, of course, is the St. Louis Cardinals team leader as well, with 888 steals. But do you know who the career leaders are for each team? Maybe, but probably not without at least referring to this list. Some names will surprise you, and some are names you have probably never heard before. Either way, enjoy!
Arizona Diamondbacks-Tony Womack
Though second baseman Tony Womack only played for the D-backs for four-plus seasons (1999-2003), he sure made his time in Arizona counted, tallying 182 stolen bases. In 1999, Womack had a career high in steals (72) while batting .277 with 177 hits and 52 walks. Womack was also an integral part of the 2001 D-backs championship team.
Houston Astros-Cesar Cedeno
Outfielder Cesar Cedeno was an electrifying ballplayer who played in Houston for the bulk of his career (1970-1981). During his Astros tenure, Cedeno stole 487 bases, including a career high of 61 in 1977. He also hit .320 in consecutive seasons in 1972 and 1973, with 55 and 56 stolen bases, respectively. Cedeno went on to play for Cincinnati, St. Louis and the L.A. Dodgers before retiring in 1986.
Atlanta Braves-Herman Long
It's not likely that any of you remember seeing Herman Long play baseball, and that's because he was part of the Atlanta Braves franchise way back when they were the Boston Beaneaters. Long was the Beaneaters' shortstop from 1890 to 1902, and during that time stole 433 bases. Though his totals declined over the course of his career, Long stole 89 bases in his rookie year. Also, during a four-year stretch of 1894-1897, Long batted over .300 and stole 22 or more bases each season.
Milwaukee Brewers-Paul Molitor
Paul Molitor was a professional hitter who played most of his career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1978-1992). During his time in Milwaukee, Molitor stole 412 bases, including a career high of 45 in 1987. Not coincidentally, Molitor also batted a career high of .353 that season, with 16 homers and 75 RBI. He also was an integral part of the 1982 Brewers team that won the American League pennant (the Brewers were an American League franchise until 1998).
St. Louis Cardinals-Lou Brock
Outfielder Lou Brock was one of the most prolific base stealers in history, as his career total of 888 stolen bases with St. Louis will attest. Brock stole a career high of 118 bases in 1974, which at the time was a major league single season record, but that was later broken by Rickey Henderson's current record of 130 in 1982. Brock played for the Cardinals from 1964 until he retired in 1979, and his best overall season was probably 1974, when along with the 118 steals, Brock hit .306 with 194 hits.
Chicago Cubs-Frank Chance
First baseman Frank Chance played for the Cubs' franchise from 1889-1912, and for those first five seasons the team was known as the Orphans before being renamed "Cubs" in 1903. Chance tallied 400 stolen bases while with the team, including a career high of 67 in 1903-the same year he also had career highs in batting average (.327) and runs batted in (81). Chance went on to play for the Yankees for two seasons before retiring in 1914.
Los Angeles Dodgers-Maury Wills
Shortstop Maury Wills was one of the fastest players of his time, and he stole 490 career bases while with the Dodgers (1959-1966 and 1969-1972). In 1962, Wills won the National League MVP Award in a season that he stole 104 bases (a major league record until Lou Brock broke it 14 years later), and batted .299 with 208 hits and 130 runs scored. Wills also stole 94 bases in 1965, and led the National League in that category every season from 1962 to 1965.
San Francisco Giants-Mike Tiernan
Outfielder Mike Tiernan did not play in San Francisco, but played for the Giants franchise when they were in New York, from 1887-1899. During that time, he became the team's all-time stolen base leader with 428. Tiernan's career high in steals was 56 in 1890, but his best season overall was 1889, when he batted .335 with 33 steals and 73 RBI.
Florida Marlins-Luis Castillo
Speedy second baseman Luis Castillo is currently with the Minnesota Twins, but began his career with the Marlins and played for them from 1996 to 2005. During that time Castillo stole 281 bases and became one of the game's premier leadoff hitters. In 2000, Castillo had career highs in stolen bases (62) and batting average (.334). He also was an integral part of the Marlins' 2003 World Championship team.
New York Mets-Mookie Wilson
Outfielder Mookie Wilson was one of the most popular Mets players ever. Wilson was an outfielder who helped the Mets to their last championship, in 1986. During his tenure with the Mets, Wilson stole 281 bases, including a career high of 58 in 1982. Wilson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989, and played there until retiring in 1991.
Washington Nationals-Tim Raines
Tim "Rock" Raines was one of the most exciting players this franchise had ever fielded, and the outfielder played for them when they were the Montreal Expos from 1979 to 1990. During that time, Raines stole 635 bases, and was always a pest to opposing pitchers. In 1983, Raines had career highs in steals (90) and also runs batted in (71) while batting .298. Raines also won the batting title in 1986 with a .334 average, and went on to play for the White Sox, Yankees, A's, Orioles, and Marlins before retiring in 2002.
San Diego Padres-Tony Gwynn
With a career batting average of .338, Tony Gwynn is one of the greatest hitters of all-time. Gwynn played his entire career with the San Diego Padres, and during that time also compiled a Padres-leading 319 career stolen bases. In 1987, Gwynn notched a career high in steals with 56 while batting .370. And though he never won an MVP, Gwynn won the National League batting title eight times, including in 1994 when he hit an astonishing .394 before a strike ended the season.
Philadelphia Phillies-Billy Hamilton
Most Phillies fans won't remember the name Billy Hamilton, but the outfielder is the franchise's all-time stolen base leader with 508. Hamilton played for the team from 1890-1895, stealing 102 bases in 1890 and 111 in 1891. Hamilton was also a career .344 hitter. And in 1894, he hit .404 with 98 stolen bases and 87 runs batted in.
Pittsburgh Pirates-Max Carey
Outfielder Max Carey played for the Pirates from 1910 to 1926, and during that time became the franchise's all-time stolen base leader with 688. Carey had a career high of 63 steals in 1916, but his best overall season was 1922 when he hit .329 with 51 steals, 10 home runs and 70 RBI.
Cincinnati Reds-Joe Morgan
Second baseman Joe Morgan was an integral part of the Reds' "Big Red Machine" years of the seventies. During his time with the Reds (1972-1979), Morgan stole 406 bases, including a career high of 67 in both 1973 and 1975. In 1976, when the Reds won a championship, Morgan won the National League MVP Award by hitting .320 with 60 steals, 27 homers and 111 runs batted in. He was also one of the greatest fielding second baseman the game has ever seen. Morgan is currently a baseball commentator for ESPN.
Colorado Rockies-Eric Young
Eric Young was a journeyman second baseman who played for the Rockies from 1993 to 1997, stealing 180 bases during that time to become the franchise leader. In 1996, Young stole 53 bases and batted .324 while driving in 74 runs. Young went on to play for the Dodgers, Cubs, Brewers, Giants, Rangers, and Padres before retiring in 2006. He is currently an analyst for ESPN.