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You're telling me you don't want to watch Bartolo Colon run the bases? I do. You're a perfectionist, that's what's wrong with you.
Kansas City Royals - Wally Bunker, 6/7/69
Dodger fans may be the only ones who can answer this question off the top of their heads. Zack Greinke, in his last start.
Bill James notes in his Historic Baseball Abstract that when Pedro Ramos was pitching for the Senators in the 1950s, he considered himself the fastest runner in baseball, and continually challenged Mickey Mantle to foot races. (Mantle declined). His lifetime totals read two stolen bases, with two caught stealing, which isn't that impressive, but he appeared in 114 MLB games where he didn't pitch, and only one of those was as a pinch hitter, so managers must have had some confidence in his ability to run if he was used well over 100 times as a pinch runner.
Ramos' Washington Post writer Bob Addie did once report (Baseball Digest, March 1960) on an actual challenge match in Orlando’s Tinker Field during spring training in 1959 when the Washington speedster outlegged the Phillies’ Richie Ashburn by eight yards over a 70-yard outfield course. Reportedly the entire Washington and Philadelphia baseball press had wagered heavily of the outcome.
Detroit Tigers - Mickey Lolich, 4/14/70 (Box)
Those who remember watching Lolich pitch know that this was quite a bit of mass in motion.
Guy mentioned Ruth stole home ten times. Much more incredible to me, Gehrig with 15. I'm pretty sure Gehrig was even slower than Ruth. Jiminy Christmas.
Hell, anybody can say it. I can say I saw Beowulf steal home.
Lolich is lithe compared to this gentleman:
Jose Diaz steals third
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