Today in Sports History: September 27

In 1983, Tim Raines of the Montreal Expos became the first MLB player since Ty Cobb to steal 70 bases and drive in 70 runs. Raines concluded the 1983 season with 133 runs, while driving in 71 from the lead-off spot, and stealing a personal best 90 bases. Raines is the only player in MLB history to steal at least 70 bases in six consecutive seasons (1981-86).

In his 23 season career, Raines is no. 5 all-time in stolen bases (808).  Drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1977, Raines played for a total of six MLB teams including the Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Florida Marlins.. As a player, Raines won  2x World Series, Raines helped the Yankees win in 1996 and 1998. Raines’ other accolades include the Silver Slugger Award in 1986, 4x NL stolen base leader, and 7x All-Star. In 2017, Raines was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and his no. 30 jersey is retired by the Expos. 

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