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NASCAR: Tony Stewart and Drivers with the Most Watkins Glen Wins

Tony Stewart Making A Turn At Watkins Glen In The Old Spice No. 14

Tony Stewart Making A Turn At Watkins Glen In The Old Spice No. 14

The coming-on Joey Logano won for the first time at Watkins Glen International today (and in the final lap, no less), one of 20 different NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers to take down the road course since the stock-car league began racing there in 1957.

Actually, Watkins Glen, in western New York State, was part of the top tour in just ’57, 1964 and 1965 before becoming enshrined in NASCAR’s annual schedule in 1986.

The Glen is currently one of only two road courses run during the season (Sonoma Raceway in California is the other).

These two tracks stand in stark contrast to the majority of NASCAR tracks on the schedule, which are run on ovals or ellipses. Road courses have several turns around, requiring drivers to brake and maneuver more frequently within a single lap. They are more Formula 1 than NASCAR.

It’s a specialist skill, really. Some racers have it, and some of the best don’t (Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Richard Petty for some prime examples).

Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon have it, and also the most wins at the Glen with five and four, respectively. Gordon won three times in a row, as did Mark Martin in third.

Another four drivers have won it twice, making just seven multiple winners over 33 races.

DRIVER WATKINS GLEN WINS YEAR (MAKE)
1. Tony Stewart 5 2002 (Pontiac), 2004 (Chevrolet…), 2005, 2007, 2009
2. Jeff Gordon 4 1997 – 1999 (Chevrolet…), 2001
3. Mark Martin 3 1993 – 1995 (Ford)
4. Kyle Busch 2 2008 (Toyota…), 2013
4. Marcos Ambrose 2 2011 (Ford…), 2012
4. Ricky Rudd 2 1988 (Buick), 1990 (Chevrolet)
4. Rusty Wallace 2 1987 (Pontiac…), 1989
8. A.J. Allmendinger 1 2014 (Chevrolet)
8. Billy Wade 1 1964 (Mercury)
8. Buck Baker 1 1957 (Chevrolet)
8. Ernie Irvan 1 1991 (Chevrolet)
8. Geoff Bodine 1 1996 (Ford)
8. Joey Logano 1 2015 (Ford)
8. Juan Pablo Montoya 1 2010 (Chevrolet)
8. Kevin Harvick 1 2006 (Chevrolet)
8. Kyle Petty 1 1992 (Pontiac)
8. Marvin Panch 1 1965 (Ford)
8. Robby Gordon 1 2003 (Chevrolet)
8. Steve Park 1 2000 (Chevrolet)
8. Tim Richmond 1 1986 (Chevrolet)

Photo: David Boe, AP via bleacherreport.com

Adrian Beltre and Players with the Most Career Cycles

PLAYER CAREER CYCLES FOR AGAINST DATE
1. John Reilly  3 Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Alleghenys Sep. 12, 1883
Cincinnati Reds Philadelphia Athletics Sep. 19, 1883
Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Alleghenys Aug. 6, 1890
1. Adrián Beltré  3 Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers Sep. 1, 2008
Texas Rangers Minnesota Twins Aug. 24, 2012
Texas Rangers Houston Astros Aug. 3, 2015
1. Bob Meusel  3 New York Yankees Washington Senators May 7, 1921
New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics Jul. 3, 1922
New York Yankees Detroit Tigers Jul. 26, 1928
1. Babe Herman  3 Brooklyn Robins Cincinnati Reds May 18, 1931
Brooklyn Robins Pittsburgh Pirates Jul. 24, 1931
Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals Sep. 30, 1933
5. Aaron Hill  2 Arizona Diamondbacks Seattle Mariners Jun. 18, 2012
Arizona Diamondbacks Milwaukee Brewers Jun. 29, 2012
5. Arky Vaughan  2 Pittsburgh Pirates Brooklyn Dodgers Jun. 24, 1933
Pittsburgh Pirates New York Giants Jul. 19, 1939
5. Bob Watson  2 Houston Astros San Francisco Giants Jun. 24, 1977
Boston Red Sox Baltimore Orioles Sep. 15, 1979
5. Bobby Doerr  2 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Browns May 17, 1944
Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox May 13, 1947
5. Brad Wilkerson  2 Montreal Expos Pittsburgh Pirates Jun. 24, 2003
Washington Nationals Philadelphia Phillies Apr. 6, 2005
5. César Cedeño  2 Houston Astros Cincinnati Reds Aug. 2, 1972
Houston Astros St. Louis Cardinals Aug. 9, 1976
5. Chris Speier  2 Montreal Expos Atlanta Braves Jul. 20, 1978
San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals Jul. 9, 1988
5. Chuck Klein  2 Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Cubs Jul. 1, 1931
Philadelphia Phillies St. Louis Cardinals May 26, 1933
5. Dave Orr  2 New York Metropolitans St. Louis Brown Stockings Jun. 12, 1885
New York Metropolitans Baltimore Orioles Aug. 10, 1887
5. Frank White  2 Kansas City Royals California Angels Sep. 26, 1979
Kansas City Royals Detroit Tigers Aug. 3, 1982
5. Fred Clarke  2 Pittsburg Pirates Cincinnati Reds Jul. 23, 1901
Pittsburg Pirates Cincinnati Reds May 7, 1903
5. George Brett  2 Kansas City Royals Baltimore Orioles May 28, 1979
Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays Jul. 25, 1990
5. George Sisler  2 St. Louis Browns Washington Senators Aug. 8, 1920
St. Louis Browns Detroit Tigers Aug. 13, 1921
5. Jim Fregosi  2 Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees Jul. 28, 1964
California Angels Boston Red Sox May 20, 1968
5. Jimmy Ryan  2 Chicago White Stockings Detroit Wolverines Jul. 28, 1888
Chicago Colts Cleveland Spiders Jul. 1, 1891
5. Joe Cronin  2 Washington Senators Boston Red Sox Sep. 2, 1929
Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers Aug. 2, 1940
5. Joe DiMaggio 2 New York Yankees Chicago White Sox May 20, 1948
New York Yankees Washington Senators Jul. 9, 1937
5. John Olerud  2 New York Mets Montreal Expos Sep. 11, 1997
Seattle Mariners San Diego Padres Jun. 16, 2001
5. Ken Boyer  2 St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Cubs Sep. 14, 1961
St. Louis Cardinals Houston Colt .45s Jun. 16, 1964
5. Lou Gehrig  2 New York Yankees Chicago White Sox Jun. 25, 1934
New York Yankees St. Louis Browns Aug. 1, 1937
5. Michael Cuddyer  2 Minnesota Twins Milwaukee Brewers May 22, 2009
Colorado Rockies Cincinnati Reds Aug. 17, 2014
5. Mickey Cochrane  2 Philadelphia Athletics Washington Senators Jul. 22, 1932
Philadelphia Athletics New York Yankees Aug. 2, 1933
5. Mike Tiernan  2 New York Giants Philadelphia Quakers Aug. 25, 1888
New York Giants Cincinnati Reds Jun. 28, 1890
5. Pete Browning  2 Louisville Colonels New York Metropolitans Aug. 8, 1886
Louisville Colonels Philadelphia Athletics Jun. 7, 1889
5. Tip O’Neill  2 St. Louis Brown Stockings Cleveland Blues Apr. 30, 1887
St. Louis Brown Stockings Louisville Colonels May 7, 1887
5. Wally Westlake  2 Pittsburgh Pirates Brooklyn Dodgers Jul. 30, 1948
Pittsburgh Pirates Boston Braves Jun. 14, 1949

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

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