Jacoby Ellsbury Breaks Red Sox Single-Season Stolen Base Record
Aug. 25, 2009
BOSTON - On Tuesday, Jacoby Ellsbury made history. He did something that no other Boston player had ever done since the Red Sox started playing baseball in 1901.
The former Oregon State outfielder stole his 55th base this season, coming in Boston's game Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. In doing so, Ellsbury broke a 26-year record set by Tommy Harper in 1973 when the latter swiped 54 bags.
The game is currently still in progress and not official. To do so, the teams must complete five full innings.
Ellsbury opened up Boston's half of the first with a ground rule double to right center off Chicago starter Freddy Garcia. Then, with Dustin Pedroia at the plate, Ellsbury stole third off Garcia and Chicago catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Ellsbury scored when Pedroia grounded out to first, giving Boston an early 1-0 lead.
The 55 stolen bases for Ellsbury this season gives him 114 for his career, which spans less than three full seasons. He broke in with the Red Sox midway through the 2007 season and totaled nine stolen bases. In 2008, his first full season in the Major Leagues, he stole 50 bases, which led the American League.
The 114 career stolen bases now places Ellsbury seventh in Boston's history.
In three seasons with Oregon State, Ellsbury, who was a first-round selection in the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, stole 60 bases, including a career-high 26 in 2005, which not only led the club that season but stands in a tie for third-most in a single-season for the Beavers. A little more than two years later, he was on the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox, becoming the first former Beaver to win the World Series.
He has batted in the leadoff spot for the most of the season for the Red Sox while patrolling center field. In addition to his 55 steals, Ellsbury is batting .296 with 22 doubles, seven triples and six home runs. He has driven in 44 and walked 33 times.
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