1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #8 – Juan Samuel
Headline – ‘Juan Samuel Establishes Modern Stolen Base Record For Rookies’
The Story – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 30, 1984: Phillies’ 2nd baseman Juan Samuel has finished the season with 72 stolen bases. The total represents a modern major league record for swipes during rookie campaign. The former modern record of 71 stolen bases by a rookie was established by Expos’ Tim Raines in 1981.
My Added Notes – Just one season later, Vince Coleman, a rookie for the St. Louis Cardinals, crushed Samuel’s record by stealing 110 bases. This is a record that should stand for a very long time!!