3 Stolen Bases in the Same Inning

In a Grapefruit League game today, the Toronto Blue Jays’ Anthony Gose stole 2nd, 3rd and home in top of the 8th inning, scoring the eventual winning run as Toronto beat Boston to continue its torrid spring training winning spree.

This, of course, is a pretty unusual feat. I’ve found references to these previous times that this has been done.

What is special about Gose today was that he was the only baserunner of the inning. The two games above both involved a double steal in one of the 3 stolen bases.

Does anyone know of other games where this has happened?


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3 Stolen Bases in the Same Inning — 31 Comments

    • Check out Minor Leaguer’s link above.

      Honus Wagner did this 4 times, Ty Cobb thrice, Jackie Tavener and Max Carey twice each.

      Happened twice in 6 days in 1915, and twice in 17 days in 1916. But, then, happened only once from 1929 to 1968.

      • You missed one. Cobb did it four times also. Of course, he could have done it many more times had he wanted to.

        Is there any way to see if someone stole second and third, and then was out trying to steal home?

        • Unfortunately, not that I’m aware of.

          I could be mistakn, but the B-R event finder appears to only include batting and pitching events, NOT baserunning events.

      • The Charlton Chronology states that on 7/12/11 Cobb walked, then stole 2nd, 3rd and home on consecutive pitches. They don’t state if it occurred starting with the first pitch to the next batter.

        • Well done, Doug!

          Nobody expects (a) the Spanish Inquisition, or (b) two steals of home with Harmon Killebrew batting in 1969!

          • Indeed.

            Killebrew was MVP that year. Led the league in HR, RBI, OBP, BB and IBB.

            And, the Twins were behind 2-0 and there was nobody out. On the other hand, Billy Martin was the manager.

        • So, Killebrew saw at least 1 pitch with:
          – men on 1st & 3rd;
          – man on 2nd;
          – man on 3rd; and
          – bases empty.

          He finally struck out. I guess that counts as an AB with nobody on base?

          • Not a big WPA impact since the Twins lost the game 8-2 to Detroit.

            It appears the 4 stolen bases during Killebrew’s AB reduced the Tigers’ WPA by 8%, but their WPA was then increased by 2% with Killebrew’s strikeout.

            I think the +8% all goes Carew and Tovar, and the -2% goes to Killebrew.

      • Here’s a game I remember from last year.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TOR/TOR201109070.shtml

        Only two stolen bases on this one, but it was 3rd and home for Jose Bautista after getting on base with a double.

        With two out, Wakefield walked Brett Lawrie with first base open and Bautista caught Boston napping, going to 3rd as Lawrie jogged down to 1st. Then, with Adam Loewen up, Lawrie took off and Bautista came home when the the throw went through to 2nd and Scutaro’s return throw was wild. Bautista was feeling so frisky he tried a straight steal of 2nd next time he was on … and got thrown out to end the inning. Those were 3 of only 14 steal attempts by Bautista for the season.

        Toronto wound up winning 11-10. It was that kind of game.

  1. I don’t know much about Gose, but he seems to be getting the hang of base-stealing. In 2010, he had 45 steals but 32 CS at class A. Last year, he swiped 70 and was caught just 15 times.

    And in case it hasn’t been said yet: There he Gose!

  2. Not surprising that since 1928- by which time a lot of dead ball era stars and managers were at or near the end of the line- that this became far less common although in the past 30 years or so it’s happened more often than I would have thought. I haven’t checked game logs but I would have to guess that the pitchers delivery/pick off move & catchers arm are probably the 2 biggest factors although experience (or lack thereof) & wildness may have been contributing factors as well.

    Can anyone thing of any other factors that might contribute to something like this?

      • According to his B-R bio page, Ozzie Guillen tricked him into thinking the ball had been popped up.

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Lloyd_Moseby

        However, the video doesn’t seem to support that explanation. From the video, Moseby looks toward the catcher when he gets up from his slide and immediately starts running back towards 1st. Guillen is standing right next to him (#13 in the video) and I don’t see any attempt by him at simulating catching a pop fly. Nor does it appear that Moseby looks at Guillen before starting back to 1st. He may have been tricked but not by Guillen.

      • I think the centerfielder caught the throw on a fly. The throw was bad enough that Moseby didn’t think it was just a throw instead of a flyball.

    • Also this is a great reason to take a peak at the pitch when you are stealing. I never understood how guys could just blinding run towards 2nd.

  3. I think I remember that Carlos Beltran did something similar to this several years ago. If my memory is correct, he stole 2nd and 3rd on consecutive pitches, then went home on the next pitch, which was a wild pitch or passed ball. I haven’t been able to find the box score, so it may not have happened.

  4. The double steal in Werth’s 3 SB inning really didn’t detract from his accomplishment. He was the lead runner on all 3 steals and the 2x steal didn’t occur on the steal of home. Russell Martin lollipopped the a return throw to the mound which allowed Werth to steal home.

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