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28 Years Ago: Pete Rose Steals 2nd, 3rd and Home

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Baseball Library recalls that 28 years ago, former star Pete Rose, in the second year of a four year‚ $3.2 million contract with  the Phillies, stole 2nd base, 3rd base and home in the seventh inning against the battery of Mario Soto and catcher Don Werner as the Phils beat Rose’s old team, the Cincinnati Reds on May 11, 1980, by a 7-3 score.  The winning pitcher that day was righthander Dick Ruthven, who went on to have a career season garnering a 17-10 mark with a 3.55 ERA. 

Rose’s steal of home was a double steal with all-time great Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt also stealing 2nd base on the play.  This was one of the highlights where Rose sparked the Phillies to go on to win the NL East Division, then the NL pennant in the all-time classic NLCS series with the Houston Astros and finally, to defeat George Brett, another all-time great 3rd baseman, and the Kansas City Royals by 4 games to 2 in the 1980 World Series, the Phillies only World Championship.  Brett had his greatest season in 1980 with a .390 BA. 
Baseball Library notes;

It is the fifth time since 1928 that this has been accomplished: The last National Leaguer to pull this feat was Jackie Robinson in 1954.  Dusty Baker will do it in 1984.

Colorado Rockies 2nd baseman Eric Young would also accomplish the feat on  June 30, 1996 against the L.A. Dodgers.

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