Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Running in Philadelphia

Juan Pierre is the sixth player with 600 career stolen bases to spend at least some of his major league career in Philadelphia.

Running in Philadelphia

Juan Pierre during a game April 30. (Lynne Sladky/AP)
Juan Pierre during a game April 30. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Thursday night, Juan Pierre became the 18th player to reach 600 career stolen bases. Exactly one-third of them, including Pierre, spent at least some part of their major league careers in Philadelphia. (Another four played for the Athletics after they left the City of Brotherly Love.)




   3.  Billy Hamilton  510  —  914
   4.  Ty Cobb    28  897
   8.  Eddie Collins    373  741
 11.  Joe Morgan  18    689
 15.  Kenny Lofton  22    622
 18.  Juan Pierre  37    600
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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