“Stealing bases is the art of picking up little things – things like a spitball pitcher who never threw to first if he was going to throw a spitter to the plate.” – Max Carey
Max Carey, fine outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 1922, recorded a stolen base percentage of 96.2%, the only pre-1951 player to have a percentage of 92% or higher. That would make him the only one of 31 players to have a pre-1951 rating that high.
In 1899, the Baltimore Orioles had a pair of basestealers, Jimmy Sheckard (77 steals) and John McGraw (73 steals), who are the only basestealing duo out of the top 33 to tally such a high total from the 19th century (since 1898, the beginning of modern basestealing rules). They are 4th on the all-time list, behind Vince Coleman (110) and Willie McGee (56) who achieved their duo totals in 1985.