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1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #8 – Juan Samuel

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!!