Thus far in 2017, the Sox have not exactly covered themselves in glory on the basepaths. A quick glance at Baseball Reference shows that:
- Leury Garcia is the current leader on the Sox in bags swiped, with 8 (prior to Friday’s game), and;
- Through 106 games, the Sox as a team are 37/61 overall in stolen base attempts, good for a 60.6% success rate. That puts them on pace for just 56 stolen bases in a season, their fewest since 1977 when they took just 42 bags.
And don’t just take my word for it. I’d be remiss if I didn’t point you to Shingo’s Cheeseburgers’ great Fanpost, which concluded that, indeed, the 2017 Sox have had a historically bad running game.
Howevah. We are gathered here today not to mourn our Sox and their lack of skill on the basepaths, but to instead celebrate past individual feats of baserunning prowess. The challenge? Name all Sox players who have stolen 40 or more bases in a season.
- As usual, the quiz will accept first and last names, in addition to last names only.
- There are 31 entries on this list; some are duplicates. You’ll have ten minutes to attempt completion.
- As hints, I’ve provided the season in which the player accomplished the feat, and the number of bases they stole.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or sadden your friends:
- Jose Abreu actually owns the top spot in Sox history for most plate appearances in a season without a stolen base. That came last year, with 0 stolen bases over 695 plate appearances.
- Harry Lord, back in 1912, wasn’t particularly sneaky when it came to the stolen base: while he stole 30 bags, he also was caught 33 times.
- For whatever reason, I assumed that the overall on-base percentage for this list would be a little higher than what it actually is: an average OBP of .353.
All data from baseballreference.com