BALTIMORE, Md. — On this date in 1988, Rickey Henderson ran himself into the New York Yankees record book. During a 14-inning, 7-6 loss at Baltimore, Henderson became the club’s all-time leader in stolen bases.
During the contest, Henderson singled and swiped second base off Mike Boddicker and Terry Kennedy during the first frame and stole a second bag off Dave Schmidt and Mickey Tettleton in the eleventh.
With 249 steals, Henderson surpassed Hal Chase, who held the mark since 1912. That’s an incredibly longstanding record but there’s a reason why they’re called the Bronx Bombers and not the Bronx Blazers.
Henderson would steal 93 bases that season to pace the junior circuit. That mark still stands as a single-season franchise record and I highly doubt it will ever be eclipsed.
In parts of five seasons in the Bronx, Henderson would swipe 326 bags, a mark that stood from 1989 to 2011, until Derek Jeter passed him but it took him a whole lot longer to get there. Jeter holds the franchise record with 358 stolen bases, which might stand for as long as Chase’s original mark.