Sunday, February 5, 2017


Next up in my “Seasonal Leaders of the 1960’s” thread are the two players who had the high-marks in stolen bases for the decade: Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tommy Harper of the Seattle Pilots:

Of course, for the National League, the high mark of the 1960’s was the 104 stolen bases Wills swiped during his 1962 MVP season, setting a new Major League record in the process.
That mark would last until Lou Brock came along and topped it with 118 in 1974, before the “king of steal” Rickey Henderson donned the white cleats and set the world on fire in 1982 with 130, which still stands to this day.
As for the American League, it was cool having the decade’s top mark achieved by a player on the one-year Seattle Pilots organization, in this case Tommy Harper with his 73 swipes during their only season in existence.
The following year, now in Milwaukee as the Brewers after the team moved their location, Harper would become (at the time) one of the early members of the 30/30 club when he slammed 31 home runs to go along with his 38 stolen bases, finishing sixth in A.L. MVP voting for his troubles.

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