Sport Radio News – Boston – Ellsbury Breaks the Stolen Base Record!

Ellsbury sets Red Sox steal record with 55th of season

by The Republican Sports Desk

Tuesday August 25, 2009, 4:26 PM

Associated Press

Red Sox Jacoby Ellsbury steals third base against the Chicago White Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday.
With his 55th stolen base, Ellsbury breaks a team record for steals in a single season.

By RON CHIMELIS

rchimelis@repub.com

BOSTON – With his 55th stolen base of the season, Jacoby Ellsbury raised the bar for Boston Red Sox runners.

In the next few seasons, he could dominate the club’s all-time charts.

Ellsbury, who turns 26 on Sept. 11, stole third base in the first inning Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox.

He broke Tommy Harper’s 1973 club record of 54 steals. As a rookie last year, the Red Sox centerfielder swiped 50.

If he avoids serious injury, Ellsbury could be the club’s all-time career base stealer before he turns 30.

Outfielder Harry Hooper holds the club record with 300 from 1909 to 1920. Tris Speaker is second with 267, followed by Carl Yastrzemski, who accumulated 168 in a 23-year career.

Ellsbury is already seventh. His record-breaking theft Tuesday, with Chicago White Sox right-hander Freddy Garcia on the mound, was his 114th.

Freddy Parent is sixth. Like most prolific base stealers for this franchise, Parent played in the dead-ball era, swiping 129 bases from 1901 to 1907.

Of the top 12 all-time Red Sox stealers, only Yastrzemski, Ellsbury, Harper and Billy Werber appeared in a game for Boston after 1920.

Harper and 1930s infielder Werber are tied for eighth in club annals with 107 steals each.