PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds
minor leaguer Billy Hamilton bolted to his record 146th stolen base of
the season and kept running Tuesday night, swiping four in the first
game of Double-A doubleheader.
Hamilton added his 147th steal in the
final inning of Pensacola’s 4-2 loss to Montgomery. Hamilton stole 104
in the first half of the season with Class A Bakersfield, then was
promoted to the Southern League.
Hamilton broke the record for steals by
minor league teams affiliated with big league organizations set by Vince
Coleman in 1983 with 145 for Macon in the Class A South Atlantic
The modern major league record was set by Rickey Henderson with 130 in 1982.
Hamilton stole second base in the first
inning, then swiped second and third in the third inning to eclipse
Coleman’s mark. Hamilton made a headfirst slide for the record-breaker
and Pensacola manager Jim Riggleman, who was coaching third base, gave
him a hearty handshake as the crowd rewarded the speedster with a
Hamilton’s teammates came out of the
dugout to applaud him. Ryan LaMarre, who was batting at the time for the
Blue Wahoos, came down the third base line to congratulate him.
The 21-year-old Hamilton has been
caught stealing 33 times this season. He has forced many errors and
balks while on the bases.
Hamilton has played 120 games this
year. Coleman played 113 games during his record-setting season and was
caught stealing 31 times.