Monday, April 27, 2009
More on stealing home
Here's a great article from a 2004 issue of Baseball Digest on the lost art of stealing home. Among other reasons, the author speculates that stealing home used to be more common because pitchers used to work more from the windup than they do now (I looked for historical evidence of that, but wasn't able to find anything), and that Cobb's insane numbers were partly influenced by his playing in the "dead ball" era, where stolen bases were much more of a factor than they were from the 1920's to the 1950's (for a point of reference, Dom DiMaggio led the league in 1950 with only 15 steals). Good read and some great anecdotes for those interested in baseball history.