Today in Sports History: September 18

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 1984, Tim Raines became the first player with four consecutive 70-stolen-base seasons. As a rookie, Raines began his career with a major league record 27 consecutive successful stolen bases. During that same year, he stole an incredible 71 bases in 81 games and finished as the runner up for the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award in 1981. In 1983, Raines stole a career high of 90 bases, the second highest total in Montreal Expos franchise history. Raines stole at least 70 bases in each season from 1981 to 1986, and was named Expos Player of the Year in 1983, 1985, and 1986. Raines’ additional accolades include a Silver Slugger, NL batting champion, 4x NL stolen base leader, 7x All-Star, and 3x World Series champion. Raines was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

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