Wednesday, April 20, 2016

1971 Topps NL Stolen Base Leaders: Bobby Tolan, Lou Brock, Bobby Bonds

From 1966-1974 Lou Brock led the NL in stolen bases every year but one. 1970 was that year. It was not that Brock had an off year. He still had 13 homers and 51 stolen bases while batting .304 in 155 games.  Bobby Tolan just had a slightly better season. He had 16 homers, 57 stolen bases and an average of .316. Unfortunately, Tolan would miss the entire 1971 season after tearing his Achilles tendon playing basketball. 

1970 was a year with many career highs for Bobby Bonds. He had a career high 48 stolen bases. He also had highs in hits with 200, runs with 134, doubles with 36, triples with 10 and batting average with .302. 

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