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Damon amazingly steals his way into history

Updated: November 2, 2009, 7:47 PM ET
By Jayson Stark
Two stolen bases on one pitch. How does that happen?

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Well, it happened Sunday night, in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the World Series -- a fellow named Johnny Damon doing the honors. And those of us who witnessed it are still buzzing about it.

"You know, I've seen guys do it," said Phillies pitcher Chad Durbin. "But not in such a big moment."

Yeah, that would be kind of tough, since we know nobody else has ever stolen two bases on one pitch in the ninth inning of a tied World Series game. But the bigger-picture question is: How often has it happened, period? We've been trying to answer that question ever since Sunday night.

With the help of a bunch of loyal readers, and SABR researcher Trent McCotter, we've identified four other times when we know for sure somebody did that:

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