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Henderson breaks Cobb's AL record for steals
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
May 29, 1990
Rickey Henderson breaks Ty Cobb's 62-year-old American League record for stolen bases when he swipes No. 893. After doubling with two outs in the sixth inning of Oakland's 2-1 loss to Toronto, Henderson steals third on a 2-0 pitch from David Wells to Carney Lansford. Blue Jays catcher Greg Myers juggles the ball and doesn't throw.
After diving in safely, Henderson pulls up the base and holds it up triumphantly as he's given a standing ovation. He blows a kiss to his mother, who is sitting by the A's dugout.
"I gave the first one (the base when he tied the record at 892) to my mother," Henderson says. "This one I think I'll give to Tom Trebelhorn (the Milwaukee Brewers manager who coached Henderson in the minors). He helped me out a lot when I was first starting out. He deserves it."
Henderson snaps the record in less than 12 seasons. It took Cobb 24 years (1905-28) to steal his 892. Next season Henderson will steal his 939th base, breaking Lou Brock's major-league record.
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