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1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Dave Lopes

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Dave Lopes

Headline – ’40-Year Old Lopes Steals Bases At A Record Pace’

The Story – Houston, TX, October 5, 1986:  Astros’ Dave Lopes has achieved 25 stolen bases in 1986, a major league mark for age 40.  The former record was the 23 swipes compiled by Pirates’ Hall of Famer Honus Wagner in 1914.  Lopes turned 40 on May 3, 1986.

My take – A truly remarkable feat!  And of course the first place I went when reading the back of this card was Rickey Henderson.  Rickey eclipsed the 25-steals mark 3 times after his 40th birthday.  He stole 37 at 40, 36 at 41, and 25 at 42.  As I have stated more than once on this blog, Rickey is truly 1 of a kind!!!