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Posted: Monday June 29, 2009 12:34PM; Updated: Monday June 29, 2009 1:12PM
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INSIDE BASEBALL

The 10 most significant steals of home in baseball history

6) Tim McCarver, Cardinals, Game 7, 1964 World Series

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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 Mike Shannon with one out in the fourth inning to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead, was the only steal of home ever to come in a double-elimination game in the World Series. As it turned out, the Cardinals almost needed that extra run as the Yankees homered twice off Bob Gibson in the ninth to get within 7-5 before the Cardinals held on. McCarver, St. Louis's catcher, had stolen just two bases during the regular season, and the steal of home was his only stolen base in 28 career postseason games.

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 Frank Larry in the bottom of the 10th, Power reached on a one-out single and moved to second on a single by Russ Nixon. Both runners advanced on a groundout, after which Larry Doby was intentionally walked to load the bases for Rocky Colavito, who would finish third in the MVP voting that year. Colavito proved irrelevant; Power stole home again, giving the Indians a 10-9 win. He remains the only man to have stolen home twice in one game since 1927.

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 George Davis are the only men to have stolen home in a World Series game that their team won by fewer than three runs. Dubbed "the Hitless Wonders" after batting .230 as a team on the season, the Pale Hose scored just four runs against the Cubs in the first four games of the '06 Series, but still came away with two wins. In Game 5 they fell behind early, 3-1, but scored twice in the top of the third, with Davis's two-out steal of home on a double steal tying the game. The ChiSox ultimately won that game 8-6, then toppled the mighty Cubs the next day to win their first World Series.

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