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Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson and Players with the Most Steals of Home, All-Time

Ty Cobb Stealing Home With A Little Mustard

Ty Cobb Stealing Home With A Little Mustard

Jackie Robinson‘s first stolen base of his major league career came today in 1947. He stole home. Yup.

Robinson would go on to steal the plate another 18 times over his career, tied for ninth most in baseball history.

The tenacious Ty Cobb, though, sits at the top, more than 20 ahead of second place Max Carey.

Most stealing home occurred early on in the game. Cobb and Carey played mostly in the 19-teens and -twenties. Of the top 20 plate-stealers of all time below, 15 finished their careers in 1930 or earlier. Another two finished theirs before 1940.

That leaves just Robinson, Ben Chapman, and most recently, Rod Carew as the best modern players at stealing home.

Thanks to baseball-almanac.com for tallying the totals.

PLAYER TIMES STOLE HOME POS.* CAREER SPAN
1. Ty Cobb 54 CF, RF 1905-1928
2. Max Carey 33 CF, LF, RF 1910-1929
3. George Burns 28 LF, RF, CF 1911-1925
4. Honus Wagner 27 SS, OF, 1B, 3B 1897-1917
5. Sherry Magee 23 OF, LF, 1B, CF 1904-1919
5. Frank Schulte 23 OF, LF, RF 1904-1918
7. Johnny Evers 21 2B 1902-1917, 1922, 1929
8. George Sisler 20 1B 1915-1922, 1924-1930
9. Frankie Frisch 19 2B, 3B 1919-1937
9. Jackie Robinson 19 2B, 3B, LF 1947-1956
11. Jimmy Sheckard 18 OF 1897-1913
11. Tris Speaker 18 CF 1907-1928
11. Joe Tinker 18 SS 1902-1916
14. Rod Carew 17 1B, 2B 1967-1985
14. Eddie Collins 17 2B 1906-1930
14. Larry Doyle 17 2B 1907-1920
17. Tommy Leach 16 OF, 3B, CF 1898-1915, 1918
18. Ben Chapman 15 CF, RF, LF 1930-1941, 1944-1946
18. Fred Clarke 15 OF 1894-1911, 1913-1915
18. Lou Gehrig 15 1B 1923-1939

* At least 100 games played at position, with more/most games from left to right, courtesy baseball-reference.com.

Photo: athleticpoetics.com

MLB 2015: Current Consecutive Playoff Appearances and Droughts

TEAM CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APP. YEARS SINCE LAST PLAYOFF APP. LAST PLAYOFF APP.
Detroit Tigers 4 2011-2014
St. Louis Cardinals 4 2011-2014
Oakland Athletics 3 2012-2014
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 2013-2014
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 2013-2014
Baltimore Orioles 1 2014
Kansas City Royals 1 2014
Los Angeles Angels 1 2014
San Francisco Giants 1 2014
Washington Nationals 1 2014
Atlanta Braves 1 2013
Boston Red Sox 1 2013
Cincinnati Reds 1 2013
Cleveland Indians 1 2013
Tampa Bay Rays 1 2013
New York Yankees 2 2012
Texas Rangers 2 2012
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 2011
Milwaukee Brewers 3 2011
Philadelphia Phillies 3 2011
Minnesota Twins 4 2010
Colorado Rockies 5 2009
Chicago Cubs 6 2008
Chicago White Sox 6 2008
New York Mets 8 2006
San Diego Padres 8 2006
Houston Astros 9 2005
Miami Marlins 11 2003
Seattle Mariners 13 2001
Toronto Blue Jays 21 1993

MLB: First-Ballot Hall of Famers (and by Position)

FIRST-BALLOT HALL OF FAMERS BY POSITION

  PRIMARY POSITION HALL OF FAMER YEAR INDUCTED
1. RHP 12 Christy Mathewson 1936
      Walter Johnson 1936
      Bob Feller 1962
      Bob Gibson 1981
      Jim Palmer 1990
      Tom Seaver 1992
      Nolan Ryan 1999
      Dennis Eckersley 2004
      Greg Maddux 2014
      Randy Johnson 2015
      Pedro Martinez 2015
      John Smoltz 2015
         
2. RF 7 Babe Ruth 1936
      Al Kaline 1980
      Hank Aaron 1982
      Frank Robinson 1982
      Reggie Jackson 1993
      Dave Winfield 2001
      Tony Gwynn 2007
         
3. 1B 5 Stan Musial 1969
      Ernie Banks 1977
      Willie McCovey 1986
      Rod Carew 1991
      Eddie Murray 2003
         
3. LF 5 Ted Williams 1966
      Lou Brock 1985
      Willie Stargell 1988
      Carl Yastrzemski 1989
      Rickey Henderson 2009
         
5. 3B 4 Brooks Robinson 1983
      Mike Schmidt 1995
      George Brett 1999
      Wade Boggs 2005
         
5. CF 4 Ty Cobb 1936
      Mickey Mantle 1974
      Willie Mays 1979
      Kirby Puckett 2001
         
5. LHP 4 Sandy Koufax 1972
      Warren Spahn 1973
      Steve Carlton 1994
      Tom Glavine 2014
         
5. SS 4 Honus Wagner 1936
      Robin Yount 1999
      Ozzie Smith 2002
      Cal Ripken 2007
         
9. 2B 2 Jackie Robinson 1962
      Joe Morgan 1990
         
9. DH 2 Paul Molitor 2004
      Frank Thomas 2014
         
11. C 1 Johnny Bench 1989

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FIRST-BALLOT HALL OF FAMERS (CHRONOLOGICAL)

  HALL OF FAMER POS.* YEAR INDUCTED
1. Ty Cobb CF, RF 1936
1. Babe Ruth RF, LF, LHP 1936
1. Honus Wagner SS, OF, 1B, 3B 1936
1. Christy Mathewson RHP 1936
1. Walter Johnson RHP 1936
6. Jackie Robinson 2B, 3B, 1B, LF 1962
6. Bob Feller RHP 1962
8. Ted Williams LF, RF 1966
9. Stan Musial 1B, LF, RF, CF 1969
10. Sandy Koufax LHP 1972
11. Warren Spahn LHP 1973
12. Mickey Mantle CF, 1B, RF, LF 1974
13. Ernie Banks 1B, SS 1977
14. Willie Mays CF 1979
15. Al Kaline RF, CF, DH, 1B 1980
16. Bob Gibson RHP 1981
17. Hank Aaron RF, LF, CF, 1B, DH 1982
17. Frank Robinson RF, LF, DH, 1B, CF 1982
19. Brooks Robinson 3B 1983
20. Lou Brock LF, RF, CF 1985
21. Willie McCovey 1B, LF 1986
22. Willie Stargell LF, 1B 1988
23. Carl Yastrzemski LF, 1B, DH, CF 1989
23. Johnny Bench C, 3B, 1B 1989
25. Jim Palmer RHP 1990
25. Joe Morgan 2B 1990
27. Rod Carew 1B, 2B 1991
28. Tom Seaver RHP 1992
29. Reggie Jackson RF, DH, CF 1993
30. Steve Carlton LHP 1994
31. Mike Schmidt 3B, 1B 1995
32. Nolan Ryan RHP 1999
32. George Brett 3B, DH, 1B 1999
32. Robin Yount SS, CF, DH 1999
35. Dave Winfield RF, LF, DH, CF 2001
35. Kirby Puckett CF, RF 2001
37. Ozzie Smith SS 2002
38. Eddie Murray 1B, DH 2003
39. Paul Molitor DH, 3B, 2B, 1B 2004
39. Dennis Eckersley RHP 2004
41. Wade Boggs 3B, DH 2005
42. Cal Ripken SS, 3B 2007
42. Tony Gwynn RF, CF 2007
44. Rickey Henderson LF, CF, DH 2009
45. Greg Maddux RHP 2014
45. Tom Glavine LHP 2014
45. Frank Thomas DH, 1B 2014
48. Randy Johnson RHP 2015
48. Pedro Martinez RHP 2015
48. John Smoltz RHP 2015
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