Redleg Nation…are you ready? It’s time to name the Reds stolen base leaders alphabetically, by last name…through history.

There’s lots of new names this time…from today back through the early Red Stocking days, A-Z. Good luck….

19 Responses

  1. brublejr

    Adams
    Concepcion
    Davis
    Freel
    Holliday
    Irwin
    Larkin
    Morgan
    Quinn
    C. Walker
    Young
    Zitzman

  2. Steve Price

    There will be some surprises in this stolen base group…

    A Bobby Adams 64
    B
    C Dave Concepcion 321
    D Eric Davis 270
    E
    F
    G
    H Bug Holliday 248
    I Charlie Irwin 124
    J
    K
    L Barry Larkin 379
    M
    N
    O
    P
    Q Joe Quinn 7
    R
    S
    T
    U
    V
    W Curt Walker 69
    X
    Y Dmitri Young 13
    Z Billy Zitzman 40

    Ryan Freel is second with 140–he’s the “modern” leader
    Joe Morgan is second with 406–he’s teh “modern” leader

  3. brublejr

    Griffey or Groh?

    R. Sanders or Sabo?

  4. KY Chip

    P – Vada Pinson
    S – Reggie Sanders
    T – Bobby Tolan
    G – Heinie Groh
    M – Bid McPhee

  5. KY Chip

    O – Ron Oester?
    B – Bob Bescher?
    N – Hugh Nicol?

  6. Steve Price

    Some more good answers.

    Heinie Groh is the G with 158
    Reggie Sanders is the S with 158
    Vada Pinson is the P with 221
    Bobby Tolan is the T with 140
    Bid McPhee is the M with 568
    Bob Bescher is the B with 320
    Hugh Nicol is the N with 345

    Other names mentioned:
    Ken Griffrey Sr is second with 156
    Chris Sabo is second with 116
    Ron Oester is third with 40

    Updated chart

    A Bobby Adams 64
    B Bob Bescher 320
    C Dave Concepcion 321
    D Eric Davis 270
    E
    F
    G Heinie Groh 158
    H Bug Holliday 248
    I Charlie Irwin 124
    J
    K
    L Barry Larkin 379
    M Bid McPhee 568
    N Hugh Nicol 345
    O
    P Vada Pinson 221
    Q Joe Quinn 7
    R
    S Reggie Sanders 158
    T Bobby Tolan 140
    U
    V
    W Curt Walker 69
    X No X
    Y Dmitri Young 13
    Z Billy Zitzman 40

  7. pinson343

    Wow, that Zitzman. And Dmitri Young as a stolen base champ.

  8. pinson343

    For R, I’ll go with Ed Roush.

    And I bet not many people know that Frank Robinson had more SBs for the Reds than Pete Rose.

  9. brublejr

    I’ll go with either F. Vaughn or G. Vaughn for the V.

    I agree with pinson on Roush also.

  10. Steve Price

    More great names…

    Farmer Vaughn is the V with 61.

    However…

    Edd Roush is second amongst R’s with 199…he is the modern leader.
    Frank Robinson is third amongst R’s with 161.
    Pete Rose is tied for fourth amongst R’s with 146.
    Greg Vaughn is third for the Vs with 15

  11. Steve Price

    Yes, Joe Quinn had 7, but they came in 1900, so I guess Luis Quinones is the “modern leader” with 5

    As for F…Lonnie Frey is third with 68. The F goes back a LONG way..

    The F and R came from before 1900…the others are considered “modern” players…however, the F and R are two of the best Reds’ hitters ever for their positions…

    Updated chart:

    A Bobby Adams 64
    B Bob Bescher 320
    C Dave Concepcion 321
    D Eric Davis 270
    E
    F
    G Heinie Groh 158
    H Bug Holliday 248
    I Charlie Irwin 124
    J
    K
    L Barry Larkin 379
    M Bid McPhee 568
    N Hugh Nicol 345
    O
    P Vada Pinson 221
    Q Joe Quinn 7
    R
    S Reggie Sanders 158
    T Bobby Tolan 140
    U
    V Farmer Vaughn 61
    W Curt Walker 69
    X No X
    Y Dmitri Young 13
    Z Billy Zitzman 40

  12. Steve Price

    For the first time in this series, I feel we’ve really stalled. Oddly, I don’t really think it’s because a few of the answers are pre-1900 for you would recognize the most of their names…the harder ones seem to off “modern” times, but not necessarily recent…but I could be wrong.

    Anyway, before the weekend arrives….here’s some hints.

    One is a first baseman with a donut for a nickname (or was it underwear), and may have been the best pure hitter to play 1b for the Reds before Joey Votto

    One’s name has been mentioned many times without a lot of competition for his letter

    One was a starter on the 1919 World Series championship team

    One was the only Reds (or Red Stockings)shortstop to ever lead the league in RBI, and that wasn’t even his best season

    One was a recent Reds’ broadcaster

    One prevented Cy Seymour from winning the Triple Crown for the REds

    One is a second baseman whose closest similarity score is to another player whom we haven’t guessed and received a hint on this post…

  13. Steve Price

    Yes, “Long John” Reilly is the R with 245 and…

    Tracy Jones is the J with 47.

    At least it wasn’t Deron Johnson.

    Open letters:

    E F K O U

  14. brublejr

    Dick Egan

    Joe Kelley

    Fred Odwell

    Bob Usher

    The F was some hard digging but I think it is Frank Fennelly…

  15. Steve Price

    Well done, well done, brublejr…

    In fact, you found a stolen base leader that I didn’t mention…for Hall of
    Famer Joe Kelley is tied with another K–ss Larry Kopf from the 1919 World Series team.

    Frank Fennelly was a whale of a hitting shortstop with the 1880’s Red Stocking teams. He led the league in rbi one season with 89 in 112 games in 1885.

    Fred Odwell’s 9 home runs (the 9th coming on his last at bat of the season) cost Cy Seymour the triple crown in 1905 (Seymour had eight).

    hall of Famer Kelley played in the same outfield with Odwell and Seymour.

    Bob Usher shows up all the time since we don’t have many U’s…he played with the Reds during one of their bleakest periods ever after World War II

    Speaking of bleak periods…Dick Egan was a second baseman during another bleak period in Reds’ history in the late 00’s and early teens…he’s the E

    Complete chart:

    A Bobby Adams 64
    B Bob Bescher 320
    C Dave Concepcion 321
    D Eric Davis 270
    E Dick Egan 154
    F Frank Fennelly 149
    G Heinie Groh 158
    H Bug Holliday 248
    I Charlie Irwin 124
    J Tracy Jones 47
    K Larry Kopf and Joe Kelley 53
    L Barry Larkin 379
    M Bid McPhee 568
    N Hugh Nicol 345
    O ?Fred Odwell 72
    P Vada Pinson 221
    Q Joe Quinn 7
    R Long John Reilly 245
    S Reggie Sanders 158
    T Bobby Tolan 140
    U Bob Usher 9
    V Farmer Vaughn 61
    W Curt Walker 69
    X No X
    Y Dmitri Young 13
    Z Billy Zitzman 40