Cliff Corcoran ranks the 10 most significant steals of home in baseball history.
1) Jackie Robinson, Dodgers, June 24, 1947
Robinson's most famous steal of home came in the ‘55 Series, but his most significant was his first, which occurred in June of his revolutionary rookie year with the Dodgers. Earlier that season Pirates lefty
2) Reggie Jackson, A’s, Game 5, 1972 ALCS
With the best-of-five American League Championship Series tied at two games apiece, and his A's trailing 1–0 in Game 5, Jackson led off the top of the second with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a sac fly. After Detroit's
3) Brad Fullmer, Angels, Game 2, 2002 World Series
Yes, Brad Fullmer, the hulking DH who was successful on just 60 percent of his steal attempts in his eight-year career, was the author of the third-most significant steal of home in baseball history. It came on the front end of a double steal, with
4) Chico Ruiz, Reds, Sept. 21, 1964
The 1964 Phillies' famous late-season collapse, known as the Philly Phlop, was made all the more remarkable by the fact that the Phillies, who missed the pennant by a single game, lost two games in late September on steals of home. The latter and more significant came at home against the Reds, when rookie infielder Ruiz shocked everyone, including his manager, by stealing home with two outs in the top of the sixth and
5) Willie Davis, Dodgers, Sept. 19, 1964
Just two days before Ruiz's back-breaker, Davis broke a 16-inning, 3–3 stalemate between the Phillies and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium with a walk-off steal of home. With two outs in the bottom of the 16th, Davis reached on an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch by Philadelphia's
6) Tim McCarver, Cardinals, Game 7, 1964 World Series
It wasn't the difference in the game, but McCarver's steal of home, which came on the front-end of a double steal with
7) Jack Chesbro, Yankees, July 16, 1904
Right-hander "Happy Jack" Chesbro set a major-league record with 41 wins in 1904. His then-legal spitball was responsible for most of them, but he had his legs to thank for one. On July 16 the Yankees (then known as the Highlanders) were tied with the visiting Tigers, 8-8 in the bottom of the 10th. Chesbro, who entered the game in relief, led off the inning with a single, moved to third on a pair of outs, then stole home to win the game. Not only did the win contribute to Chesbro's record total that season, but it helped keep the Highlanders in the pennant race against Boston (not yet known as the Red Sox). The season ended with five games between the emerging rivals, and Boston ultimately winning the pennant on a Chesbro spitter that proved to be a bit too slippery.
8) Vic Power, Indians, Aug. 14, 1958
Best known as a seven-time Gold Glove winner at first base, Power stole just three bases in '58. Two of them came against the Tigers on Aug. 14. The first was a steal of home with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, capping a five-run inning that saw the Tribe overcome a 7–4 deficit. The Tigers then tied up the game in the top of the ninth, forcing extra innings. Facing
9) Frank Chance, Cubs, April 18, 1906
Ruiz stole home in a 1–0 game, and Davis, Chesbro and Power all ended games with steals of home, but Chance, the first baseman in the famous Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance infield, remains the only man ever to win a 1–0 game with a game-ending steal of home, doing so in the bottom of the ninth against the Reds for the 116-win 1906 Cubs.
10) George Davis, White Sox, Game 5, 1906 World Series
Fullmer, McCarver and White Sox shortstop