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On this date in 1977, Lou Brock broke Ty Cobb's 49-year-old stolen base record

When Ty Cobb retired in 1928, his 892 career stolen bases were the most the Majors Leagues had ever seen. By 1977, MLB had added 10 teams, the designated hitter and pullover jerseys, but Cobb's theft record remained.

That is, until Lou Brock reached the crowning achievement of his Hall of Fame career by stealing his 893rd on Aug. 29, 1977. The longtime Cardinal (he briefly played for the Cubs at the beginning of his career) led the NL in steals eight times and won World Series titles with St. Louis in 1964 and '67.

Box score research would later up Cobb's career stolen base total to 897, it's moot since Brock finished with 938. While Rickey Henderson eclipsed his record 14 years later, Brock remains in second place and firmly in the ranks of the very elite basestealers in history.