Cool Papa Bell after Lou Brock broke the single-season stolen base record in 1974
“Let’s give him this base because if we don’t he’ll just steal it anyway!” —Cool Papa Bell after Lou Brock broke the single-season stolen base record in 1974!
On September 10, 1974 At Busch Stadium In the bottom of the seventh inning when Brock singled to left. After a false start, he took off for second. Bob Boone’s throw was in the dirt and Brock had his record 105th stolen base of the season. The fans, all 27,285 of them, were in hysteria over Brock’s achievement. Play was halted for 10 minutes while a ceremony took place on the diamond. “I don’t think anybody anticipated it (on-field ceremony) would take that long,” said Ozark, “but the guy deserves at least 10 minutes after what he’s done.”
Lou Brock tied Maury Wills’s 12 year-old single-season stolen base record with his 104th steal in the first inning of the game. The Cardinal left fielder’s thievery against the Phillies doesn’t help when the drop the Busch Stadium contest, 8-2.