The players in this quiz were all noted base thieves for at least part of their careers. But, what seasonal accomplishment distinguishes them from among all other players since 1901?
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Hint: Billy Hamilton is on pace to join this group this season.
75 or more steals, over 85% success rate
A few more players than these have done that.
Stolen bases are involved, of course, as is success rate, but in an indirect way.
Please don’t reveal final answer just yet – it will come to me.
I give up – these guys are all over the place and I can’t seem to find a common thread other than base-stealing (obviously) and success rate.
The answer is that they are the only players to post a qualified season averaging one stolen base for every three times reaching base, while also getting caught stealing fewer than 20 times. Here are those seasons.
I messed with PA but should have known to try TOB. With Rickey in the mix, I thought that would be a problem, but I guess not.