BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Stolen Bases

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Pete Browning

Pete Browning

In the last of the traditional offensive categories, we’ll look at stolen bases. Speed hasn’t exactly been Kentucky’s strong point when crafting major leaguers as the five highest single-season totals are all pre-1900. Remember, we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which restricts the record book to only players born in Kentucky.

Career Stolen Base Leaders

  1. Fred Pfeffer — 1882-1897 — 382
  2. Hub Collins — 1886-1892 — 335
  3. Dan McGann — 1896-1908 –– 282
  4. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — 258
  5. Ray Chapman — 1912-1920 — 233

Single-Season Stolen Base Leaders

Hub Collins

Hub Collins

  1. Pete Browning — 1887 — 103
  2. Hub Collins — 1890 — 85
  3. Hub Collins — 1887 — 71
  4. Hub Collins — 1888 — 71
  5. Hub Collins — 1889 — 65
  6. Fred Pfeffer — 1888 — 64

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: Runs

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Pee Wee Reese with Jackie Robinson

Pee Wee Reese with Jackie Robinson

Career Runs Leaders

  1. Pee Wee Reese — 1940-1958 — 1338
  2. Earle Combs — 1924-1935 — 1186
  3. Fred Pfeffer — 1882-1897 — 1094
  4. Pete Browning — 1882-1894 — 954
  5. Bobby Veach — 1912-1925 — 953

Single Season Runs Leaders

  1. Earle Combs — 1932 — 143
  2. Earle Combs — 1927 — 137
  3. Fred Pfeffer — 1884 — 135
  4. Fred Pfeffer — 1887 — 133
  5. Pee Wee Reese — 132 — 1949

BluGrass Baseball Record Book: RBI

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Bobby Veach

Bobby Veach

In the third installment of the BluGrass Baseball Record book we look at RBI. ¬†While RBI have come under fire from sabermatricians of late, they are still recognized as one of the three big offensive stats by most casual baseball fans. ¬†Remember, we’re using the “Lincoln Rule” which says a player must have been born in Kentucky to qualify for the record book.

Career RBI Leaders

  1. Bobby Veach — 1912-1925 — 1166
  2. Travis Fryman — 1990-2002 — 1022
  3. Fred Pfeffer — 1882-1897 — 1019
  4. Jay Buhner — 1987-2001 — 965
  5. Gus Bell — 1950 — 1964 — 942

Single Season RBI Leaders

  1. Jay Buhner — 1996 — 138
  2. Bobby Veach — 1921 — 128
  3. Bobby Veach — 1922 — 126
  4. Jay Buhner — 1995 — 121
  5. Gus Bell — 1959 — 115