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Henderson sets single-season MLB steals record
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Aug. 27, 1982

Rickey Henderson becomes baseball's all-time single-season record-holder for steals when he breaks Lou Brock's record of 118, set in 1974. Not only does Henderson pilfer No. 119, he adds to his mark by stealing three more, giving him 122.

In the third inning of Oakland's 5-4 loss to Milwaukee, the A's left-fielder draws a walk from Doc Medich. After four throws by Medich to first to hold him close, Henderson swipes second, despite a pitchout.

The crowd of 41,600 in Milwaukee gives Henderson a brief standing ovation. In a short ceremony, Brock presents the 24-year-old speedster with the second-base bag. The base is transported to the box seats near the Oakland dugout and given to Rickey's mother, Bobbie.

Henderson sets the record in 127 games, 26 fewer than Brock needed. Three days ago, Henderson had set another record -- for being thrown out the most times attempting to steal in a season, 39. Henderson will finish with 130 thefts, still the record as the century closes.

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