Baseball star, Lou Brock of the St Louis Cardinals, on Wednesday (11 September) broke the single-season 'stolen base' record when he stole his 105th base in the seventh innings after stealing his 104th in the first innings.
GV Pitcher throws, batsman hits ball and ball fielded and returned (2 shots)
LV PAN Brock runs to steal base (3 shots)
GV Brock sets up National League record for steals
GV Stadium ZOOM IN TO Scoreboard shows "Lou 105"
GV Players run on pitch to congratulate Brock
"Brock's record-setting night began when he led off the first innings with a single off Phillies starter Dick Ruthven. Brock said he wanted to set the record before a home crowd and he did just that on the final night of an eight-game home stand. Then, with the count owing one to Ron Hunt, Brock took off for second and when catcher Bob Beene's threw skipped into the outfield Brock wound up on third base and eventually scored. The steal was number one hundred and four. With 27,000 fans hoping to see baseball history, Brock singled in the seventh. Again with the count owing one on Hunt and Ruthven pitching, Brock headed for second getting in under short stop, getting in under Larry Bea's tag for the record steal number one hundred and five. Almost forgotten in the frenzy that followed the steal was the fact that Brock's two steps gave him 740 for his career, two more than Max Carey who held the previous National League Record. Only American leaguers Ty Cobb and Eddie Collins have more career steals 892 for Cebb and 743 for Collins. Brock and the Cardinals have 22 more games in which to add to the record. This is Charles Amensen reporting."
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Background: Baseball star, Lou Brock of the St Louis Cardinals, on Wednesday (11 September) broke the single-season 'stolen base' record when he stole his 105th base in the seventh innings after stealing his 104th in the first innings. The previous single-season record holder was Maurie Wills. 'Stealing a base' is when a player runs from one base to the next after an overthrow from a fielder, or, at some other rather than after a direct hit. 'Stealing bases' is one of the fine skills of baseball.
Brock's first steal of the night gave him 739 for his career and broke Max Carey's National League record.
After the 38-year-old Brock reached 105 steals the crowd erupted into a chant of "Lou, Lou, Lou" and the rest of the Cardinal team ran onto the field.
The game was stepped while the Cardinals presented him with the base he had just stolen, as a souvenir, then brought him to a microphone.
During an 11-minute ceremony and ovation, Brock thanked the fans, then said: "Now let's get back there and try and score some runs to catch up with these Philadelphia Phillies who are beating our brains out."
The Philadelphia Phillies led at that time by 6-2. In spite of Brock's stolen base, they won 8-2.